Skip to comments.Israel exerts sovereign right to its capital as Biden looks on astounded
Posted on 03/10/2010 5:48:53 AM PST by rhema
In the midst of a high-profile visit by Vice President Joe Biden, Israel on Tuesday unveiled plans for new housing in disputed Jerusalem, a surprise step that embarrassed and angered the highest-ranking Obama administration official yet to visit the country.
Biden, who had come to promote new peace talks and to smooth the Obama administration's strained relations with a longtime ally, instead denounced Israel's plans to build 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem as a threat to the search for peace.
"I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem," Biden said, calling it "precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now."
"We must build an atmosphere to support negotiations, not complicate them," Biden said.
The sharp turn of events abruptly changed the tenor of the trip in its second day, coming just hours after the vice president proclaimed his love for Israel and declared enduring U.S. support. Biden's visit followed a year of tension brought on by Israel's defiance of the Obama administration's admonitions on precisely the same issue: housing settlements in disputed areas.
In Washington, the White House added its own criticism. But it was unclear how deeply the latest step by Israel would affect ties between the two countries, which have been strained by tensions over the Jewish state's hardline security measures.
Aides said Biden raised the issue with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a dinner given in honor of the vice president's visit. U.S. officials have repeatedly warned Israel that such development in Jerusalem would anger Palestinians and further threaten prospects for peace.
Biden is to deliver a major address on U.S.-Israeli relations on Thursday. He will also meet with Palestinian and Jordanian officials.
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Biden is such a great moron. Israel knows they have the same friend w/Premier Hussain as they did w/Hitler.
Pray for America
Ummm. This administration has done NOTHING for Israel and I believe this is the lowest point of the two countries relationship in my lifetime. I truly hate Obama.
“Biden, who had come to promote new peace talks...”
Should read;”Biden, who had come to promote a new way to sell out the Israelis...”
I love the headline. How dare Israel have a sovereign right to its own capital! I don’t usually use the language or the hand gesture with the middle finger but I think Biden, his comments and the whole administration deserve the usage.
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“I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem,” Biden said, calling it “precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now.”
Ok, Biden you dunce, as one who has been part of the “affordable housing” debacle leading to other financial debacles of hugh (spelling on porpoise) proportions, just what the hell business is it of yours what Israel does about providing housing opportunity for its citizens.
And Israel has apologized for embarrassing the jackass.
I can only hope their apology was with tongue in cheek.
Headline should be “Biden walks into a right hook.”
When will he Jews in this country get a clue? HELLO, is anyone home??? Unbelievable.
Biden The Marxist can go to hell, and take Barry with him.
He just gets worse every day.
"And the LORD spake unto Moses, go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me."
Wow...I'm sure Israel is trembling. What a useless maggot.
Obviously, Israel will be on its own dealing with Iran.
And appears to want it that way. Good Luck.
I condemn? Who is he? Some God? Okay... God of tom foolery.
That’s our palistinian enablers at work. All that area belonged to Gods children until the advent of Mohammed, the great encroacher and antichrist.
Now with Obama in that office, we can expect him to use Americas resources to further his brethrens causes to our detriment.
Joe Biden Says It’s Easy Being Vice President
Fox News ^ | 03/01/2010 | Sean Hannity
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: “It’s easy to be vice president, you don’t have to do anything. It’s like being the grandpa and not the parent. Yeah, that’s it!”
Better be careful Joe... have you never read the part of the Bible that says that God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse her... its in Genesis 12:1-3, check it out Joe. Not because everything Israel does is moral or good, but because God has ordained it so. Israel can be called out for its immoral behavior, but guess who gave the land to Israel, Joe... Jerusalem belongs to Israel.
No, God will be with them.
No one will recall the flagrant anti-Semitism of the Nation of Islam or black liberation churches.
I'm glad they embarrassed Bin Biden and made him look like the fool he is.
This administration is dangerous and has no business meddling in the Middle East. They are not competent enough.