There has been a predictable split in opinion over the Israeli prime minister’s speech to the US congress, with support or opposition depending upon whether one is an Israeli or a Palestinian.
In Ramallah, one resident was pinning his hopes more on the United Nations rather than the protagonists sitting down together to negotiate.
“Let him say whatever he wants, we are currently supporting the September plans. Hopefully President Abbas will head to the security council in September and will announce our state.”
Jewish settlers fear losing a lot in any negotiated peace. Students living on the West Bank are looking for a leader who represents their interest.
One Israeli student said: “I support Netanyahu’s speech, and I think all Israel should be together these days and support our country and our government, and help us to save our country and protect our borders.”
Israeli settlers were driven by ideology to claim land within Palestinian territories – they’ll be hoping Netanyahu’s “ painful compromises” to achieve peace, won’t mean them.