Israel has done it again. The government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon recently announced plans to add 3,500 new housing units to a large settlement in the West Bank. The New York Times minced no words in denouncing this latest strike against peace, calling it "a slap in the face of the new Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas."
President Bush, as expected, is politely asking Israeli leaders for a "clarification" for this new blow against the American-sponsored road map to peace, which requires an end to settlement activity.
As American citizens, we should be demanding answers. Why does Israel persist in expanding settlements that darken Palestinian hopes for a viable state, undermine Palestinian leaders struggling to make peace and arouse Palestinian hotheads to violence against Israeli citizens? And, in the face of these policies, which arouse anti-American hostility in the Middle East, why does America continue to supply Israel with dollars, weapons and even bulldozers used to demolish Palestinian homes?