Minx projection: Release of child-murdering terrorists to be accompanied by major new building starts (build baby, build)

On Sunday, Israel will release 26 terrorists as a ‘goodwill gesture’ as part of the ‘let’s play like the Palestinians really want to negotiate’ thing. We aren’t talking about people arrested for throwing rocks (which is not to be sniffed if you look at the trail of dead people from thrown rocks) but seriously bad dude terrorists who slaughtered innocent civilian men, women, and children wholesale. There is a significant degree of pissed-offedness here about the terrorists who are slated to be released.

In the past year, every time terrorists are released, their release is accompanied by the announcement of a couple thousand new building permits issued in Jerusalem and Israeli communities over the green line. Because many of the terrorists slated to be released this time are in the baddest of the bad category and are going to cause a major stir here, I’m projecting that the government will approve a larger than usual number of new building starts. Personally, anything less than 50,000 (which won’t happen) would be too few considering the child-murderers they are going to release. I’m betting it will be at least 5,000, however.

IMHO if they would approve 100,000 of the waiting permits the government would solve multiple problems facing folks here: Apartment prices across the country would come down so that an average middle class person could afford to buy one. We’d shore up the communities that will be on the front lines should any agreement actually be reached (none of the communities building permits are granted in are up for negotiation). Major jobs would be created not only for Israelis but also for Palestinians. There would be new entrepreneurship opened for both Israelis and Palestinians — every neighbourhood created needs grocery stores, vegetable stands, bodegas, hair salons, etc., etc.

Don’t look for a massive one-time announcement, it will happen in smaller chunks announced over the next couple of months and I think we’ll get to about 5,000, maybe more, this time around.


12 responses to “Minx projection: Release of child-murdering terrorists to be accompanied by major new building starts (build baby, build)”

  1. Mike says :

    I suppose I’ll ask what I always ask when you post build baby, build. What does the building do for Israel? I think we can all agree that these negotiations won’t lead to peace. So what happens when they fail? There will be the international blame game. Institutionally, especially in Europe, Israel will always be blamed.

    But this isn’t really about what those from various institutions think. This is about what everyday citizens, especially everyday citizens in the United States, think. If Israel builds, it makes it easier for Israel’s opponents to blame Israel for that failure, even though it’s clear the Palestinians are saying no to almost everything. (See Khalid Abu Toameh’s piece at Gatestone. I’m back east and can’t do the link on this computer.)Don’t build. Give yourselves the best chance to show the Palestinians for the obstructionists they really are.

  2. israeliminx says :

    Mike, as you know, I used to be on exactly the same page as you on the whole building thing. My opinion has changed because I’m taking a longer view. If, in the 70s and onward we had taken the hands off approach and not built, then today the international pressure to go back to the Auschwitz borders would be even stronger than it is. We’ll still be ‘negotiating’ with the Palestinians in 25 years. The international community will condemn us no matter what — we got no street cred at all from withdrawing from Gaza and, in fact, got greater condemnation in the years since. I think the only way we will get an agreement with the Palestinians is if we figure out what our borders should be for our security and make it a fait accompli so that the whole border issue is off the table, When that happens, the Palestinians will finally have some impetus to come to an agreement but so long as they can string along on the borders front — if you remember they refused to negotiate whatsoever when we had a full-on building freeze –there is no hope of a workable agreement. Fait accompli is the way to go.

    • Mike says :


      We always find something to agree on, and I agree that Israel should unilaterally declare its boxers. After all why should Israel tie its future to some idea that the Palestinians must accept its existence.

      But that should only happen after the current round of peace talks fail. (I’m taking the failure as a given.) The goal now needs to be to set the stage for later Israeli moves. To do that the Palestinians must be shown as the party of no and unfortunately, settlement building undercuts that. Again, this is not a battle for Catherine Ashoton’s support or even Obama’s, but for the support of the average American, most of whom already support Israel.

      Israel is in a tough spot. Most of the international community expects it to make peace with the Palestinians right now. The Palestinians have no interest in peace. To walk that tightrope is going to take some creativity, and I don’t think building more settlements is the right move right now.

  3. Erin Rawls says :

    I am on the fence about the whole settlement thing….On the one hand I totally get your point Mike. Building over the green zone will stir the pot and Israel will be blamed for going back on their promises blah, blah, blah. But on the other hand, I am with Yaeli. Israel is damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t. Clearly the actions of Hamas over the past several weeks have been an effort to get instigate with Israel, and the only thing that makes it in the news was about the palestinian toddler who was killed. I am curious though as to whether all the reading I have been doing about the settlers kinda running their own show and how they don’t always respect the IDF officers there is true? And do the settlers take it upon themselves to harass any of the Palestinians that do get to come work on their land? It certainly doesn’t change my stance on Israel needing to defend itself, but I also feel that there is a difference between a coordinated national military defense effort and random civilians just deciding on their own to become renegades of the desert…Does this make sense?

  4. Lynne says :

    Erin, Mike, and Yaeli, it does seem that the more accommodating and generous that the Israeli leaders are, the less the Palestinians cooperate. At times when everything seemed optimal, the Palestinian leadership was the least cooperative…not demanding more necessarily but just not wanting to negotiate at all. So……maybe more settlements will spur the Palestinian leadership to work out an agreement. Maybe…if anything would at all. Ever.

    • Erin Rawls says :

      Lynne and Yaeli, have either one of you guys read From Beirut to Jerusalem? It’s from 1989. I’m reading it now, and while outdated it does raise some very, let’s say, interesting points about the history of the middle east and the relationship between Palestinians and Israelis. I can’t decide if Friedman giving a biased view of things, or if this is how things really happened…

      • Lynne says :

        Erin, I haven’t read it or heard of it before now. I will plan to read it to get another perspective. 1989 and yet this conflict has been going on for such a long time, longer than that. I do plan to read it as soon as I can get my hands on it. Thanks for the recommendation.

  5. Erin Rawls says :

    I found it in my public library, but i know it’s on amazon for sure. It’s by Thomas L. Friedman. He is a news correspondent for the New York Times. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it. His book touches on the 40-60s but really talks a lot about the 70s and 80s, as that is when he lived there. Some of the stuff he talks about seeing in Beirut is unreal.

  6. WipeOutHamasOnceAndForAll says :

    It is this kind of mad action by Israel when they release murderers that really upset me a lot. And “I tell you so” for the future that this kind of blind action by Israel will generate more attacks against Israel and more Israeli Jews will lose their lives as a consequence of the release of these terrorists.

    These terrorists, they should have been executed long ago with the death penalty. And those involved with killing children, women and old people should be burnt (alive or not) in public for all to see.

    As sad as it is to see human beings die, terrorists who killed Israeli Jews should be killed ASAP. Therefore, if I was the PM of Israel, I would reinstate the death penalty ASAP.

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