While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu basks in the worldwide interest he aroused when he marked the red line on his Iranian bomb drawing, the international community is displaying growing interest in marking the Green Line between Israel and the occupied territories.
A few weeks after South Africa's government decided to label products made in the territories Israel conquered in June 1967, the European Union is preparing legislation to oblige stores to designate products coming from Jewish settlements in the West Bank. This is to make it easier for consumers who wish to avoid the purchase of merchandise produced in occupied territory.
At the same time, an inquiry committee appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council has begun, despite Israel's protests, to examine the settlements' impact on the Palestinian population in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The foreign ministers of the donor states to the Palestinian Authority expressed profound displeasure at a recent meeting over steps to drive the Palestinians off area C with the intention of keeping it for the settlers' exclusive use. The area, which is under full Israeli security control, encompasses some 60 percent of the West Bank.