British Foreign Secretary David Miliband strongly condemned Israel’s policy of constructing settlements on the West Bank and termed such action as “illegal” and representing an “obstacle” to peace. According to Miliband, “settlements are illegal in our view and an obstacle” that impedes efforts to achieve peace between Palestinians and Israel. He also made clear the UK supports creation of an independent Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem. He also warned that any alternative to the two state solution would only result in conflict and make impossible a peace agreement. Meanwhile, the Egyptian government asked the international community to halt efforts by Israel to alter the demographic composition of who lives in Jerusalem in order to drive out Palestinians and ensure that Jews are the majority in the city, including East Jerusalem.
At some point, the people of Israel have to make an historic decision. Is there goal establishing a Jewish state regardless of how this is interpreted in the world and even if it means the end of a possible peace with Palestinians? Or, is their goal establishing the basis of peace in the Middle East which includes respecting the rights of the Palestinian people.
Ironically, for centuries Jews were the object of hate and discrimination. Now, who is one fostering hate and violence?