The Israeli Peace Now movement has come into possession of secret documents which reveal a plan to expand West Bank settlements in a manner that will only create additional problems for a future resolution of the current conflict. The proposed expansion is on a highly sensitive piece of real estate whose possession by Israel would make difficult the creation of a coherent Palestinian state. The plan calls for building of 6,000 housing units a move that Palestinian leaders regard as highly dangerous. There is also talk of Israel building new barriers inside the West Bank which probably violates international law.
The Israel government is attempting to create a fait accompli that Palestinians would have to accept. The assumption is that the Obama government will go along with this approach to peace. Most probably George Bush would have allowed this behavior, but the Obama-Clinton administration will not go along with this approach to peace.