Skip to comments.State Department: US does not object to Israel rededicating Hurva Synagogue
Posted on 03/15/2010 6:15:16 PM PDT by SJackson
|State Department: US does not object to Israel rededicating Hurva Synagogue|
U.S. Department of State
QUESTION: So when the Secretary spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu, did she
MR. CROWLEY: She did outline for Prime Minister Netanyahu some specific
I would say that we also have some concerns today about the tensions
So this is something that we are and will continue to talk with both parties
QUESTION: Did she specifically ask, though, to put an end to the 1600
MR. CROWLEY: Again, I'm not going to go into particulars, but her discussion
QUESTION: Let me follow up, though. There's word today that the project
MR. CROWLEY: We - she - when she outlined for the prime minister our
QUESTION: So - but tell us again, does it - you have no reaction to him
MR. CROWLEY: As I just said, when she outlined what she thought appropriate
QUESTION: So you're discounting whatever he said today? It does - means
MR. CROWLEY: I'm saying that we asked for a formal response from the Israeli
MR. CROWLEY: Sir.
QUESTION: P.J., there are Israeli media reports or there were Israeli media
MR. CROWLEY: I just said - Arshad, as to particulars of what she asked, I'm
QUESTION: Is Senator Mitchell still planning to go to the Middle East? And
MR. CROWLEY: Well, as we have announced, George Mitchell intends to be in
QUESTION: It's not yet set?
QUESTION: So he's not leaving tonight?
QUESTION: I understand there are meetings in Israel tomorrow - or tomorrow
MR. CROWLEY: This is a fluid situation. As of this moment, he's still in the
QUESTION: Thanks. You mentioned the rededication of a synagogue in the Old
MR. CROWLEY: Mm-hmm.
QUESTION: That you were disappointed in that. Are you disappointed in the
MR. CROWLEY: No, the reaction. I mean, there have been some
QUESTION: So you're not objecting to the rededication?
MR. CROWLEY: Not at all, not at all, not at all.
QUESTION: And have there been any --
MR. CROWLEY: This is about statements made about this event, not about the
QUESTION: By the Palestinians?
QUESTION: Have there been any direct --
QUESTION: By Palestinian officials.
QUESTION: Have there been any direct communications with the Palestinian
MR. CROWLEY: Yes.
QUESTION: And are you requesting specific things of them?
MR. CROWLEY: We have made our concerns known about these public statements
QUESTION: A quick follow-up on the talks. Other than the Secretary's call,
MR. CROWLEY: Calls, yes, across a range of officials from the U.S.
QUESTION: Can you be any specific - give us any specifics about those calls,
MR. CROWLEY: Many. I mean, there's a lot of --
QUESTION: From the Secretary? I mean, anything of any significant level?
MR. CROWLEY: No, I'm not aware that the Secretary has any further calls.
MR. CROWLEY: Yeah.
QUESTION: One quick one on the concerns that you expressed about the
MR. CROWLEY: I'm sure it's more than one. I just don't have a rundown,
QUESTION: But it wasn't the Secretary?
MR. CROWLEY: No.
QUESTION: Well, are your concerns --
MR. CROWLEY: I mean, I will take this question. I'm not aware that the
QUESTION: But your concerns about the comments on the mosque, do they rise
MR. CROWLEY: I'm not going to draw any comparability here. We - as we've
QUESTION: Well, you're trying to even it out here.
MR. CROWLEY: No. I am not --
QUESTION: You've gotten savaged - you're getting savaged on the Hill --
MR. CROWLEY: No.
QUESTION: -- and by some very powerful interest groups in this city. And you
MR. CROWLEY: I understand your question, Matt. I wouldn't describe it in
We have very particular concerns about a housing project announced while the
QUESTION: Can you --
MR. CROWLEY: But I'm - we're not trying to achieve any kind of comparability
QUESTION: Okay. Can you say which comments by Palestinian officials concern
MR. CROWLEY: I haven't got that kind of detail. Go ahead.
QUESTION: P.J., can you comment in general about the status of U.S.-Israeli
MR. CROWLEY: Well, we - Israel is a strategic ally of the United States and
We have made some specific requests of the Israeli Government in that
QUESTION: But last week, you said it was actually jeopardizing the
MR. CROWLEY: Well, no. We - well, we will evaluate the implications of this
QUESTION: You said that Ambassador Mitchell's trip was still a fairly fluid
MR. CROWLEY: I would expect George Mitchell to be back in the region, but as
QUESTION: But you expect him in the region before the Quartet meeting?
MR. CROWLEY: I expect him in the region soon.
QUESTION: Do you want an answer on the 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem
MR. CROWLEY: I wouldn't condition one on the other. We want to see this
QUESTION: And --
MR. CROWLEY: So I don't think - it's not a question of if George will go to
QUESTION: And is it still your position - last week, when asked if you
MR. CROWLEY: Yes.
QUESTION: -- that the indirect talks began last week?
MR. CROWLEY: Yes. They have begun. But as to when the next round will occur,
QUESTION: I don't understand the difference, then, between - proximity
QUESTION: Last week.
MR. CROWLEY: Last week.
QUESTION: No. Yeah, why aren't you saying they began last year?
MR. CROWLEY: Well, I mean, the difference is --
QUESTION: He's been shuttling between the two sides --
MR. CROWLEY: No, we --
QUESTION: You have now the Palestinians saying they're not interested in
MR. CROWLEY: Well, what we've had for the past year are talks about talks.
QUESTION: But it sounds like you're still talks about talks.
MR. CROWLEY: No.
MR. CROWLEY: We are prepared to have talks and address the substance, the
QUESTION: Different topic?
MR. CROWLEY: Not yet.
QUESTION: Just one real quick. Have there been any discussions about actions
MR. CROWLEY: We'll get to that point if we need to, based on the response by
Well...that’s mighty white of us...
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
And apologies for the many pings, but it's better than the days when they were about terror attacks.
I would say that we also have some concerns today about the tensions regarding the rededication of a synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. And we are urging all parties to act responsibly and do whatever is necessary to remain calm.
All parties? Concerned about the tensions? When does it go beyond tension, when the Synagogue is desecrated, like the Tomb of the Patriarchs. Until the administration can tell the difference between Jews praying and Muslims rioting, your efforts will amount to zero, Zero.
Nice the administration doesn't object to the praying Jews, though.
Here’s a report about Hurva Synagogue.
What business is it of ours?
I’d be mighty offended if Israel “didn’t object” to consecrating a new Catholic church or something.....
That question could be asked of so many of this administrations actions.
I don’t give a damn what Thunder Thighs or the State Department objects to or what they do not object to. They can hide in their Tel Aviv Fog and drink martinis and lattes until the sun comes back in the morning. What an arrogant lot...
WHo the heck are they to say they “approve” or disapprove. Bebe do whatever you think is best for Israel, pay no attention to these fools behind the curtain.
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