Jerusalem Cloakroom #231 , December 04, 2009
According to a Dec. 3, 2009 poll of Israeli Jewish eligible voters, conducted by Prof. Yitzhak Katz' "Ma'agar Mochot" - Research and Interdisciplinary Consultancy Institute, commissioned by IMRA:
1. Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to freeze Jewish construction in Judea & Samaria, for ten months, is a result of his inability to withstand US pressure – 72%.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3812533,00.html, November 30, 2009
Construction freeze in Judea and Samaria based on erroneous assumptions:
1. A freeze will not soften – but will intensify - President Obama's criticism of "settlements" in particular and Israeli policy in general. For instance, Prime Minister Netanyahu's June 14, 2009 Two-State-Solution-speech triggered exacerbated pressure by Obama. Moreover, Netanyahu's willingness to exchange hundreds of Palestinian terrorists for Gilad Shalit was followed by US pressure to release more
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3732514,00.html, June 14, 2009
Prime Minister Netanyahu is wrong to assume that his June 14 speech will soften President Obama's strident criticism of "settlements" (Jewish communities in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria). At the same time, President Obama is wrong to consider "settlements" as an obstacle to peace.
Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom #170, November 19, 2004
Fact: In October 1946, Kfar Darom (in the Gaza Strip) and ten other Jewish communities were established, in order to avert the British plan of disengaging the Negev from the Jewish State.
Ynet Hebrew Edition, September 23, 2004
1. Are settlements a major cause for the Arab/Palestinian-Israeli conflict?