Remember the Annapolis "Peace Conference" last week - you know, where Bush attempted to align the Arabs against Iran, and it was claimed that the restart of the Palestinian-Israeli "peace" talks would isolate Iran, etc. etc. etc.?
Well, as I suspected, practically the day after the Israelis have continued to expand their "settlements" on Palestinian lands. The Saudis have "condemned Israel for restarting settlement activity" - as if they didn't know all along that it would happen. The US Secretary of state has voiced her "disapproval" of the settlements - but of course isn't going to actually do anything about it (in fact most of the settlement activity is funded by the US whether directly or indirectly.) The EU has urged the Israelis to "stick to peace committments" - but of course aren't going to actually do anything either - and in fact they'll help promote the sale of the blood-soaked lands stolen from 4 million Palestinian refugees as part of a deliberate policy of ethnic cleansing.
Nor is this exactly the first time that the Israelis violated "peace agreements" by continuing to build settlements despite the "pledges" they give about stopping settlement activity. The US then usually grumbles a bit - and the Israelis continue to receive billions of dollars in US taxpayer money to build yet more settlements.
So lets face it - everyone knew all along that Israel would continue building settlements and expropriating Palestinian lands after Annapolis, just as they have done after every other peace agreement, because ultimately the only peace that Israel is interested in comes when the Palestinians have been eradicated and "Greater Israel" has been created on their graves and annahilated Palestinian villages - and neither the Arabs nor the US nor the EU are willing to actually do anything about it except to hold meetings and pose for press photographers and talk about peace . . . and oh, now blame it all on Iran and Hamas.
All you have to do is look at the map of ever-expanding Israeli settlements to see the historical trend. That's not an accident - that's the reality: the result of a deliberate slow-motion policy of ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Palestinians by the Israelis (and yes, the legal definition of genocide does apply.) Of course in the meantime, the US and the Israelis will naturally pretend that the lack of peace is someone else's fault - Iran's, for example - and they'll engage in all sorts of "peace talks" that go no where, and they'll perhaps even take down an "illegal" settlement or two (careful not to touch the "legal" ones) with a lot of fanfare - before they rebuild them.
And then they'll say its Iran's fault that the Israelis and the Palestinians are fighthing.