I’m on my way to a thing at the Pentagon that’s going to take up my morning. But take a look at how Israeli settlers in the West Bank celebrated the expiration of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s moratorium on expanding the settlements:

“The building freeze is over,” Danny Danon, a right-wing lawmaker from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, declared as balloons were released into the air at sundown in the red-roofed West Bank settlement of Revava.

“Today we mark the resumption of building in Judea and Samaria,” he bellowed, using biblical names for the West Bank, captured by Israel in a 1967 war.

Reuters reports that celebrants were bussed into Revava “for the occasion.” (A settlers-council leader quoted by the New York Times charmingly said, “From this stage, I turn to Hussein Obama and tell him, the land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel.”) Imagine being a Palestinian and seeing balloons fly over a circumstance that means they will have less of Palestine, even as their leaders negotiate a comprehensive peace. Would you support continuing peace-processing with the Israelis?