By Ted Belman
Netanyahu and entourage are headed to Poland for a high level meeting. In advance his office put out a joint communique which said, inter alia, “Unilateral steps by either party are counterproductive to achieving a sustainable lasting peace,”
Nwetanyahu took issue with this statement because, according to JPOST:
- The implication in that statement is that Netanyahu was taking a stand against construction in West Bank settlements, a position which would complicate his political standing at home.
The truth of the matter is that the objection to the statement arises from a misunderstanding of what the Oslo accords provide. In fact the Accords only proscribe unilateral steps which change the status of the land. Building on it would do no such thing.