November 26, 2009
In Israel, the alleged freeze in settlement building would be termed "Isra-bluff" (a phrase invented by that great Israeli trio, Hagashash Hachiver, to denote official lying).
There is no real freeze. Building will continue in those parts of the West Bank Israel deems to be Jerusalem -- Givat Shlomo, Atarot, Givat and Pisgat Zeev etc -- but were never part of Jerusalem. There is also the question of 3,000 odd buildings being built in the occupied territories and there is no freeze on the construction of public buildings, such as synagogues and schools. Expect a massive increase in the number of building permits for such buildings which will suddenly metamorphose into houses and flats in 10 months' time.
No wonder no one apart from the usual suspects is taking this Israeli declaration seriously.