Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Understanding the Settlement Moratorium
BESA Center Perspectives Papers No. 98, December 29, 2009

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Does the tactical political value of the Netanyahu
government’s ten-month moratorium on new building in the West Bank justify its diplomatic and security costs? It seems to be so because limited costs are better than risks of disaster. Analysis suggests that postponing and possibly avoiding a fight with the Obama administration was the main reason for Israel’s decision, and that ten months from now the Israeli prime minister will be in a better position to resist US pressures.

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