Tensions between the Obama Administration and Israel’s government continued to grow today as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that a planned expansion to an East Jerusalem settlement would continue. The US had previously summon Israel’s ambassador to urge them to halt the construction of 20 apartments in the occupied territory.
Israeli officials went on to mock the call, which Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman described as odd. Lieberman insisted that since the US had never criticized the construction of Arab homes in the city, it was inappropriate to criticize government construction of homes in the settlement. Netanyahu declared that since Jerusalem was, in his government’s view, the “united capital” of Israel, and said they could never accept the US “edict.”
President Obama’s plan for an independent, albeit severely restricted, Palestinian state was to have a capital in East Jerusalem. Presumably the expansion of settlements in what he envisioned as the Palestinian capital city explains the president’s objection. US officials reportedly say they see no difference between the settlements in East Jerusalem or anywhere else in the West Bank
East Jerusalem was occupied by the Israeli military in 1967 and in 1980 passed a law declaring that it would remain united under Israeli control. Its sovereignty over East Jerusalem is not generally recognized by the international community.
4 thoughts on “Israel Rejects US Call, Will Expand East Jerusalem Settlement”
Obama should call on the marines to dislodge the Zionists from occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank.
Racist Israel is operating from Talmudic principles now. Palestinians, one way or another ( and with US help), will be driven out of Jerusalem. At least, this is what Israel wants the world to believe. But Israel is seen more and more as a pariah and scourge among nations. Jerusalem will prove to be a heavy burden. In this case, Israel has a bleak future.
Since it is cost free to mock the pleading of the United States president, Israel will continue its slow motion genocide of the Palestinians and the shakedown of the American people. If Mr. Obama doesn't have the courage to bring Israel to heel, he should shut up about a two state solution it isn't going to happen. His feckless attempt in this effort makes him look weak and ridiculous.
Comments are closed.