(Jerusalem Post) Israeli settlements are not the main obstacle to peace and their prospective limited expansion does not preclude the eventual emergence of a Palestinian state, according to a Washington Post editorial published on Wednesday.

In “Overheated rhetoric on Israeli settlements,” the paper’s editors denounced as “counterproductive” the international community’s incessant criticism of Israeli plans to build thousands of housing units across the Green Line, primarily in Jerusalem, as doing so “reinforces two mistaken but widely held notions: that the settlements are the principal obstacle to a deal and that further construction will make a Palestinian state impossible.”

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