The gloves are coming off which is a good thingNetanyahu refuses to rescind settlement decision
By HERB KEINON, JPOST
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pushed back on Monday against intense international pressure to reconsider plans forbuilding 3,000 housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank and stepping up the planning of the controversial E1 site, saying no one should expect Israel to sit on its hands in light of Palestinian unilateral steps at the UN.
As one European country after the next called in their Israeli ambassadors to protest the settlement plans, a source in the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement saying Israel would “continue to stand up for its vital interests even in the face of international pressure.”
The official said there would be no change in the decision made Friday to build 3,000 housing units in the large settlement blocs, and Israel would go ahead with planning and zoning work for the E1 area linking Jerusalem to Ma’aleh Adumim northeast of the capital.
“The Palestinian unilateral moves at the UN are a blatant and fundamental violation of agreements to which the international community was a guarantor,” the official said. “No one should be surprised that Israel is not sitting with its arms folded in response to the unilateral Palestinian steps.”
The source added that Israel would take further steps if the Palestinians went ahead with more unilateral moves of their own.
The plans, however, triggered what one Israeli source described as the worst diplomatic crisis Israel has faced in the last 20 years.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told a briefing that the US urged Israel to “reconsider these unilateral decisions and exercise restraint, as these actions are counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations to achieve a two-state solution. We reiterate our long-standing opposition to Israeli settlement activity and east Jerusalem construction.” continue reading
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Israel Keep Building
There is no basis for “palestinian” claims to Jerusalem or any part of Israel. By supporting the redivision of Jerusalem, the international community is retroactively legitimizing Jordan’s illegal 1948 conquest and occupation of eastern Jerusalem and its ethnic cleansing of Jews. Israel, keep on building.