U.S. condemns Israel's decision to build in disputed territory

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  1. U.S. condemns Israel's decision to build in disputed territory

    Jerusalem (CNN) -- Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the United States condemns Israel's decision to build 1,600 housing units in a Jerusalem neighborhood, calling it "a step that undermines the trust we need right now."

    "I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem," Biden said in a statement issued just hours after he met with Israeli leaders in the region.

    "The substance and timing of the announcement, particularly with the launching of proximity talks, is precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now and runs counter to the constructive discussions that I've had here in Israel."

    The construction, announced earlier Tuesday, will be in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, located in disputed territory in East Jerusalem. The Israeli Interior Ministry denies the territory is in East Jerusalem.

    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs echoed Biden's condemnation at a briefing in Washington.

    "I don't believe that either the substance or the timing [of the announcement] is particularly helpful, and I think [it] runs counter to the very productive talks the vice president was having in the region," Gibbs said.

    Biden is the highest-ranking member of the Obama administration to visit Israel, and he emphasized America's close ties with Israel earlier Tuesday during meetings with top Israeli leaders. He said the bond between the two nations is unshakable.

    On efforts to restart the peace process, Biden said, "We are at a moment of real opportunity. I think that the interests of the Israeli and Palestinian people, if everybody stops and takes a deep breath, are actually more in line than they are opposites."

    After the plan for construction was announced, lead Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said the Israeli government is "determined to undermine" efforts to jump-start peace negotiations and called the plan "a disaster."

    The area where the construction is to take place is "in occupied Palestinian territory, and that's the issue we are supposed to negotiate, and now they are dictating rather than negotiating," Erakat said.

    The Israeli Interior Ministry said the construction plan was approved by a district committee, and the public can express objections to it over the next 60 days.

    The minister of interior did not approve the plan, as expanding an existing neighborhood is in the hands of the district committee, the ministry said.

    However, Meir Margalit of the Jerusalem Municipality -- representing the leftist party Meretz -- said the ministry's planning and building committee is a political committee that acts under the minister's political guidance. Even if objections are voiced in the 60-day period, he said, most are ignored.

    The claim that the minister had no hand in the decision is a "complete lie," Margalit said. "The minister decides his office's policy, including that of the committee."

    In a later announcement, the Interior Ministry said the plan has taken more than three years to come to fruition and is a "procedural stage as part of a longer procedure which would take quite some time to complete."

    "The timing of the committee meeting was preset and has nothing to do with the American vice president's visit to Israel," the ministry said.

    The announcement came a day after George Mitchell, the Obama administration's special envoy for Middle East peace, announced that Israeli and Palestinian leaders had accepted indirect talks aimed at restarting direct talks. Negotiations between the two sides have been stalled for over a year.

    In announcing those indirect talks, Mitchell, who is also visiting the region with Biden, encouraged both sides to refrain from any statements or actions that could inflame tensions or prejudice the outcome of the talks.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in January his government made a series of concessions to the Palestinians, including a 10-month moratorium on West Bank settlement construction and the removal of dozens of checkpoints and roadblocks. However, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had refused to re-enter negotiations until Israel enacted a complete freeze of all settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

    On Monday, Erakat expressed skepticism about the indirect talks, pointing to Israeli approval of 112 apartment units in a settlement in the southern part of the West Bank near Bethlehem.

    Abbas told Mitchell, Erakat said, that "if every visit is going to be announced by more settlements and unilateral declarations and imposing reality on the ground ... this places a question mark on all the efforts that we are undergoing."
  2. Good. Israel does not take orders from Washington, Israel does not give a damn about the views of this anti-Israel administration and Jerusalem is not disputed territory.

    "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided" Barack Hussein Obama Jun 6, 2008
  3. Why not go all the way and call Joe Biden an anti Semite?

  4. Cause he most definitely is not. You are Tresor most definitely are.
  5. You are most definitely a person who makes accusations without evidence...

    I am not an anti Semite at all, I am opposed to a jewish state that does not put Judiasm first and follow the religion of Judaism...

    What the atheistic jews practice is nothing but materialism and blind capitalism, placing money above the laws of Moses, so they are worthy of the highest condemnation for hipocrisy for calling themselves "Jewish" when every thinking person knows they actually aren't.

    Those who claim their "ethnicity" as being the foundation of being Jewish are speaking entirely falsely and practice a philosophy and ideology steeped in genetic superiority and racism...

    It is unholy, and it perverts the truth of the wonderful religion of Judaism and brings great dismay to the wonderful God fearing prophets of Judaism...

    ...Muslims who follow the perversion of Islam's true spiritual message of Mohammad and other true prophets are just as bad as the atheist Semites, so I am not suggesting either side's behavior in this most unholy conflict is justifiable, righteous or Godly...

  6. Posting, promoting and defending David Duke's videos is more than sufficient evidence for any reasonable person. Your buddy Tresor got banned over his anti-semitic videos.
  7. I did not defend David Duke...and I dare you to prove otherwise.

    If you cannot prove what you claim, that makes you a liar.

    Maybe some day you will overcome the fallacy of a false dilemma, because I have attacked you and your perverse ideology doesn't mean I support David Duke...

  8. The thread was removed ... together with your buddy Tresor but too many people had a chance to read your defense of David Duke's video and his nazi-boy follower Tresor.
  9. So you have no proof...


    I did not defend David Duke, I attacked people like you...

    You can't put up, so why not just shut up?

  10. As I said lots of people read your comments in defense of David Duke and your buddy Tresor who was later banned for anti-semitic comments, posting David Duke's videos and thread hijacking.
    #10     Mar 9, 2010