The US along with other countries have always supported Israel in respect of the conflict with the Palestinians and in particular Hamas.

The Palestinians were portrayed as supporting terrorist activities against Israel and that their intentions were to obliterate the Jewish state from the region.  There may be some truth to the allegations however, in the past few days the situation changed with the United Nation voting for the Palestinians resolution, in recognition of Palestine within the 1967 border, as a non-member observer state.

Following the overwhelming endorsement by the UN, it would appear that Israel is unhappy about the turn of events and they have revealed plans to build 3000 settler homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.  This is certainly not an indication that they are truly pursing peace with their neighbour.

This action could be construed as an act of aggression against the Palestinians and the world should be concerned about this latest development.  If the Israeli continues in this manner they will be perceived as not wanting to broker peace but is willing to continue the feud, which is not productive or an act of what should be a humane process.

If Israel is concerned that the Palestinians will pursue them for war crimes at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, then this latest action by them is counterproductive and if they believe that all of their actions were justified, why should they be overly concerned even if the Palestinians go to the ICC.

By Sandrea: MY Opinion