Jewish settlers released balloons and broke ground on a kindergarten in celebration Sunday as a 10-month construction slowdown expired, while U.S. and Israeli leaders tried to figure out how to keep Palestinians from walking out of peace talks over the end of the restrictions. After the slowdown ran out at midnight, there was no Palestinian statement about the future of the talks. The Palestinians asked for an Oct. 4 meeting of an Arab League body to discuss the situation, possibly giving diplomats an extra week to work out a compromise. Minutes after the expiration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinians not to walk away, but instead to maintain constant contact “to achieve a historic framework accord within a year.” In a statement, Netanyahu said his “intention to achieve peace is genuine.”
No, the Palestinians should walk away. If Israel has no intention of halting settlement construction permanently it simply means that there is no wish for peace. Building on land which belongs, by international law, to someone else and then saying to the robbed ‘hey don’t walk off just because you’ve been driven off your land and we want to continue to build houses on that land. You’re being unreasonable’ is stupidity incarnate. The Palestinians should walk away and the world should boycott Israel, its industries, its tourist trade, and its produce. Israel should be isolated. If it refuses to act as a citizen of the world and constantly ignores international law, it doesn’t deserve international support.