I had to chuckle at this one...on the same day Bibi Netanyahu meets with Barack Obama, Israel announces a brand new community is going to be built at Maskiot, the first one in the Jordan Valley in 26 years!
A tender was issued recently to build 20 new residential units, and according to the report, construction was due to commence immediately.Heh!
An adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the move at Maskiot proved Israel was tightening its hold on the West Bank.
"With the decision coming while Netanyahu is visiting Washington, only one message comes out of this visit: Israel will continue its old policy and will not abide by the international will and give the Palestinians their national rights," Sabri Saidam said.
Located behind a hill and off of a rural road, Maskiot housed only a small Orthodox pre-military academy until the arrival of the Shirat Hayam families, the first of whom came early in 2007 and settled in two empty structures belonging to the school. Although the site has been designated as a settlement since the mid-1980s, it has only been used for educational purposes and no permanent community had ever been established there.
Most of the first residents will be families uprooted from Shirat Hayam in Gaza, who have been living in trailers ever since.
There's an untranslatable Hebrew word 'davka' that loosely means 'in spite of ', or in modern Hebrew parlance "in your face". I think we have an example here. And maybe an indication that Bibi Netanyahu is going to Washington with a pretty strong hand, as I surmised...