Israel has certainly been imperfect over the years, but at the conflict's core lies the Palestinian leadership's continued refusal to accept the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish state and unwillingness to confront the substantive issues at the heart of the dispute.
Israel has advanced plans for a further 1,500 homes in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, Peace Now, an Israeli non-profit organization advocating for a two-state solution, said on Thursday, the second such announcement in a week.
Israel pushed forward with the plans as it also marked 50 years since the Six-Day War, fought from June 5-10, 1967 and which began its continuing occupation of the West Bank. At the same time, it is also a sobering reminder that five decades later the elusiveness of Israeli-Palestinian and full Israeli-Arab peace is a painful reality.
The Israeli media have been celebrating the "reunification".
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When Jews around the world pray facing Jerusalem, it is not the Shoafat refugee camp or the fix garages in Sheikh Jarrah that they are praying to and the idea that these areas have become "undividedly" Israeli is laughable. The last round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014, mainly over the expansion of the settlements. Any peace agreement with the Palestinians, who seek a capital in Jerusalem as well, should acknowledge reality and provide for a new division of the city - with adjustments, however complicated they might be to negotiate - over the location of a new border.