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Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 12:57 PM
Subject: Israeli Plans for Vast Expansion of Settlements
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Peace Now Puts Settlements On Clinton's Agenda
 
Americans for Peace Now - March 5
 
As Hillary Clinton made her first visit to Israel as Secretary of State Monday, Peace Now released a new report documenting plans for settlement expansion under consideration by the Israeli government. Among the troubling findings: Israel has plans for more than 73,000 new residences in settlements, enough to more than double the settler population in the West Bank.
 
Peace Now's report generated tremendous media interest, from the New York Times, to the Times of London, to Israel Army Radio (to name a few). "The completion of these projects will make the plan of creating a Palestinian state next to Israel totally unrealistic," Peace Now Director General Yariv Oppenheimer told the BBC.
 
Peace Now's report also reached Washington, where a reporter asked State Department Spokesman Gordon Duguid about it. (Duguid ducked the question).
 
Monday's report is but the latest of our efforts to put stopping settlements at the top of the Obama administration's foreign policy agenda. In an op-ed in Friday's Haaretz, APN's Lara Friedman and Peace Now's Hagit Ofran called on President Barack Obama not to allow settlements to "hijack" his agenda. Settlement expansion "has the potential to torpedo everything the administration might be trying to achieve on the Israeli-Palestinian track and in the region," the Peace Now op-ed warned. APN also raised the issue of settlement expansion in a conference call with Senator George Mitchell, President Obama's Mideast envoy.
 
Peace Now (Shalom Akhshav) is a left-wing non-governmental organization in Israel with the agenda of "swaying popular opinion and convincing the Israeli government of the need and possibility for achieving a just peace and a historic conciliation with the Palestinian people and neighboring Arab countries; this in exchange for a territorial settlement based on the formula of 'land for peace'". It has its counerpart in the US which issued this statement.
 
 
 
Peace Now (Hebrew: שלום עכשיו - Shalom Akhshav) is a left-wing non-governmental organization[1] in Israel with the agenda of "swaying popular opinion and convincing the Israeli government of the need and possibility for achieving a just peace and a historic conciliation with the Palestinian people and neighboring Arab countries; this in exchange for a territorial settlement based on the formula of 'land for peace'".
 

 
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