Surprise package?

The western media, predictably, has reported the condemnation from the usual sources about recent announcements to build new homes.

For example, from Ynet:

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has released a statement condemning Israel’s decision to go forward with plans to build thousands of new homes in two Jerusalem neighborhoods, Givat Hamatos and Ramat Shlomo.

“The approval of an additional 2,610 housing units in the settlement of Givat Hamatos is extremely troubling, coming in addition to announcements made at the end of November and Monday‚Äôs approval of 1500 units in Ramat Shlomo,” Ashton said.

“This plan for Givat Hamatos would cut the geographic continuity between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. I strongly oppose this unprecedented expansion of settlements around Jerusalem.”

And there’s more of the same here at the Times of Israel.

What few people outside of Israel realise – despite the demonization of Bibi – is that his electoral success is only seriously seen at risk from the right, not the left; a right that is likely to be more aggressive in building and putting facts on the ground. For example, Naftali Bennett and his party are a serious threat, as is highlighted here. Given the extreme defamation of Bibi that exists, one can only wonder how they would react if Naftali Bennett were the leader. Unlikely, but a certain mischief gene in me would like to see it happen, just for entertainment. On its own it’s unlikely to make me vote for the other Mr B (Bennett), but it is tempting.