Water, not settlements, should be President Barrack Obama's concern during his visit to Israel. Why? Because water is the one resource Israel and the West Bank Palestinians have in common with the Jordanians. And it's a project they are working on together.
Announcing settlement expansion is hardly new in the recent history of Israel, so why such an extreme reaction to the area known as E1? E1 is piece of land 12km squared, in between East Jerusalem and the settlement of Ma'ale Adumim.
"An act of deliberate vandalism" was how Nick Clegg described Israeli settlement building on Monday...But the demand for a complete halt to all Israeli construction over the Green Line is now a road-block preventing the commencement of bilateral talks.
Eventually, we can start to engage with spaces that are entirely 'other'. This week a Muslim community worker showed me the mosque that was firebombed, taking me into the side room where the window was forced and explaining the damage that was done.