Here’s a statistic worth pondering:
Over the past 33 years the Civil Administration has allocated less than one percent of state land in the West Bank to Palestinians, compared to 38 percent to settlers, according to the agency’s own documents submitted to the High Court of Justice.
It took a while to get this information from the Jewish state. As usual, Israelis – not American Jews – forced the issue. Meanwhile, AIPAC’s successful strangling of Obama’s attempt at peace-making has borne fruit:
The number of approvals for home construction plans in the settlements leaped in 2012 compared with the two previous years, says the Israeli non-governmental organization Peace Now. Building plans for 6,676 residential units were approved in 2012, the vast majority in settlements east of the fence. This represents a huge increase from 1,607 housing units approved for construction in 2011 and the several hundred housing units approved in 2010.
When you look at the details, all you can do is marvel at how the Greater Israel Lobby can still maintain a straight face and say it wants peace via a two-state solution. They’re world-class bullshitters:
The Civil Administration subsequently provided the court with the following details: 671,000 dunams of state land is still held by the state. Another 400,000 dunams were allocated to the World Zionist Organization. Most of the Jewish settlements, both residences and agricultural land, are on this land.
Another 103,000 dunams of state land were allocated to mobile communications companies and to local governments, mainly for the construction of public buildings.
Utilities such as the Mekorot water company, the Bezek communications company and the Israel Electric Corporation received 160,000 dunams, 12 percent of the total state land in the West Bank.
Palestinians have received a total of 8,600 dunams (2,150 acres), or 0.7 percent of state land in the West Bank.