Skip to comments.Reports: US Wants Israel to Cancel Building Plan
Posted on 03/15/2010 9:30:48 AM PDT by lbryce
Israeli media reported Monday that the U.S. is pressing Israel to scrap a contentious east Jerusalem building project whose approval has touched off the most serious diplomatic feud with Washington in years.
Top U.S. officials have lined up in recent days to condemn the Israeli plan to build 1,600 apartments in east Jerusalem, the sector of the holy city that the Palestinians claim for their future capital.
The project caused a storm in Washington because it was announced during Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the region last week, badly embarrassing the U.S. and complicating its efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. The Palestinians immediately threatened not to join upcoming U.S.-brokered talks meant to jumpstart negotiations after a 14-month breakdown.
U.S. officials have not disclosed what steps they want Israel to take to ease the crisis, and Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev refused to comment Monday. But Israeli newspapers and radio stations said Washington wants the construction project canceled.
They also reported that the U.S. wants Israel to make a significant confidence-building gesture toward the Palestinians. Suggestions included releasing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails; turning over additional areas of the West Bank to Palestinian control; removing some of the roadblocks hampering the movement of Palestinians and goods in the West Bank; and easing the blockade on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, media reported.
Washington, they added, also has demanded that Israel officially declare that talks with the Palestinians will deal with all the conflict's big issues, including final borders, the status of Jerusalem, and the fate of Palestinian refugees who fled or were driven from their homes during the war that followed Israel's 1948 creation.
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Obama's inherent anti-Israel policies, his recent speech in Cairo, the specific nationalist hardline policy perspective that has brought world opprobium down on Israel to be the defining point of convergence for Obama in granting him the political security in refusing to back in down, off until Israel puts a halt on settlement construction, circumstances that will only embolden the president to push that much harder to Israel's utter detriment.
According to Bill Kristol on Fox yesterday - the area in question is clearly in Israel land and not under dispute so he cannot understand what the problem is.
... US wants Israel to accept NUKES AIMED AT IT from Iran.
I would hope that the people of Israel understand that the President doesn’t speak for the majority of the people of the United States.
It’s Israel’s land and they can do with it as they see fit. Zero, Plugs and Shillary can just STFU.
Muslim antichrist on the move.
It’s Israel’s land and they can do with it as they see fit. Zero, Plugs and SHRILLARY can just STFU.
Had to correct the name.
I wonder how Obama would like it if Israelis came here and told him he should stop pushing Health care.
I suspect Kristol knows the problem is that Obama & Co. have the same goals as Hamas and Fatah -- Israel's annihilation.
I mean, we grant veto power to foreign powers when we plan domestic construction jobs, right?
It makes me sad to think that the Israelis believe the whole of America want them to discontinue building..I say build all you want and spit in the face of the Muslim if you ever see him again..The little moron is not God and he cannot go around telling anyone what to do..
Netanyahu: Israel will keep building in Jerusalem
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said that Israel would continue to build in Jerusalem in the same way that it has over the last 42 years.
“The building in Jerusalem - and in all other places - will continue in the same way as has been customary over the last 42 years,” said Netanyahu at a Likud party meeting.
Jerusalem Construction: Pummeling from Obama Enters Sixth Day
by Gil Ronen
(IsraelNN.com) The administration of US President Barack Obama is continuing to pummel Israel for the sixth straight day over an announcement regarding the construction of housing for Jews in Israel’s historic and biblical capital. The issue erupted into a major diplomatic dispute last Tuesday when Israeli media played up a routine announcement regarding bureaucratic approval of a housing plan in Jerusalem just as Vice President Joe Biden arrived for a visit.
After direct and harsh rebukes from Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, it was the turn of Obama’s top adviser, David Axelrod, to take a swing at Israel Sunday...
Is there some way we can call them and tell them AP doesn’t speak for us?
According to Bill Kristol on Fox yesterday - the area in question is clearly in Israel land and not under dispute so he cannot understand what the problem is”
The land is definately Israel’s land.
The problem is that the Pali’s have “claimed” the land as theirs.
Wonder if they were to put such a “claim” on San Francisco or Shannon, Ireland, or London, or Dallas or Rio or Belize if they would be getting any sympathy from NObama.
IMO, NObama’s true Muslim colors are sure coming to the surface. I still think he was born in Kenya.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said that Israel would continue to build in Jerusalem in the same way that it has over the last 42 years.”
I sure admire Netanyahu.
I also wonder what would be the response if Gold Meier were still there. She took no crap from anyone.
Okay, help me out. Just why do Democrats manage to get more of the Jewish vote every election?
Hey Zero, poop in one hand and want in the other and see which fills up first.
Israel is in this for the long haul, Zero will (hopefully) be a lame duck in November.
I’m with you. If i have a president today her name is Palin.
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