There was a time when the UN Security Council and the EU would have publicly pronounced on an incident such as that reported by Sarah Helm. Now only the media speaks up. This quietism is presumably designed not to upset the "peace process". This argumentwould be more convincing if progress had not ground to a halt. As it is, the international failure to react to the expansion of Israeli settlements will not have escaped the notice of the Palestinians and will serve only to deepen their disillusionment and encourage radicalism.
Yours faithfully, ANTHONY PARSONS Ashburton, Devon 1 JanuaryReuse content