60 Minutes last night aired a report on what has really been going on in the West Bank for the last fifteen or so years: Israeli settlements being built on the hilltops with the express purpose of making a two-state solution impossible. Finally, the mainstream media runs a story that hasn't been packaged up by the Israeli government or lobby!
But don't take the Palestinians' word for it -- all you have to do is listen to what the mayor of an Israeli settlement has to say:
"Daniella Weiss moved from Israel to the West Bank 33 years ago. She has been the mayor of a large settlement.
"I think that settlements prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state in the land of Israel. This is the goal. And this is the reality," Weiss told 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon. "
It's amazing how quickly the change from the Bush regime can result in change -- can you imagine this report being aired a year ago?
The reality is that we have had eight years of a foreign policy that not only financed Israel's occupation of the West Bank, but turned a blind eye to the creation of an apartheid state. Jimmy Carter was not so off-base when he called it like he saw it several years ago!