Upon hearing that Israel chose to use the occasion of Joe Biden’s visit to declare that 1,600 more houses would be built in East Jerusalem, I noticed how separate I feel from the conflict. I was mad at them, sure. Frustrated, disappointed but not surprised really. I have never been a fan of Netanyahu- he’s the George Bush of Israeli politics- but with the coalition he’s running with all of this settlement building is bound to happen.And it’s a democracy right, so? I guess i’m glad i’m not living there right now with all the idiots who put him in charge. My connection to Israel these days seems to come in form of Halumi sandwhiches eaten at Aroma Cafe on Sunset and stalking good falafel. I am clear that settlement building is a step away from peace and that the Israeli public feels less inclined to compromise now than ever before. This is not a good time for peace in Israel. The temporary security that has been achieved through military policy is not peace. I don’t know what to do about it though. My years as a campus activist seem very long ago…ISRAEL GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER!