United States Attacks Israel’s Jerusalem Development Plans

December 18, 2012 8:53 pm 6 comments

A community in Judea.

Following Israel’s approval of the construction of 1,500 new housing units in Ramat Shlomo, an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in the northern part of Jerusalem beyond the Green Line, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said the U.S. is  “deeply disappointed that Israel insists on continuing this pattern of provocative action.”

The Jewish state’s “repeated announcements and plans of new construction run counter to the cause of peace,” Nuland told reporters.

“Israel’s leaders continually say they support a path toward a two-state solution, yet these actions only put that goal further at risk,” she said.

However, despite Nuland’s remarks, the U.S. stopped short of an official condemnation of Israel’s construction plans in the United Nations Security Council, a step the Palestinians said would be taken by all of the council’s other members. The Palestinians sought a Security Council “presidential statement”—issued when the council cannot reach a consensus or when a permanent council member such as the U.S. exercises veto power for a resolution—on Israeli construction, but Nuland said the U.S. blocked such Palestinian action.

“I don’t think we think that is a helpful step at this point,” Nuland said of the Palestinians’ Security Council plans.

Nuland added that the U.S. is calling on both Israel and the Palestinians “to cease any kinds of counterproductive, unilateral action and take concrete steps to return to direct negotiations.” On Nov. 29, the Palestinians made a unilateral move by obtaining nonmember observer state status at the UN, breaking their contractual obligations under the 1993 Oslo Accords of reaching a final status agreement with Israel through negotiations.

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud), regarding the latest Israeli construction plans, on Tuesday said the decision to build in Jerusalem was “not negotiable.”

“Israel refuses to accept the fact that mere weeks after rockets were fired from Gaza into Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, there are still those who see Israel’s decision to hold on to strategic territory surrounding Jerusalem, and to build within its capital, as the biggest obstacle standing in the way of peace,” Rivlin wrote in a New Year’s message to heads of parliaments around the world.

6 Comments

  • Israel, unfortunately, in an attempt, over many decades, to be accepted by the community of nations, has ignored its security requirements, ignored the consensus advice of all security experts (not former now political ones but current,each in their time, ones) all of whom state that surrendering land for peace (1) is a gamble with the lives of Jews in and out Israel (2) encourages greater violence and terrorism since our enemies perceive and smell the weakness of the Jewish State. Refraining from building, similarly, inspires the Arabs to greater violence. There is only one solution: destroy our enemies according to the rules of war. This includes, if necessary, air raids against terrorist enclaves even if they are located in civilian areas. Every subsequent conflict represents an escalation in weaponry sophistication. Every opportunity lost by restraining the military from completing its objectives means that another perhaps greater conflict will soon occur. Jonathan Adams: surrendering settlements, refraining from expanding them, means MORE war, not less.

  • Jonathan Adams

    I am not “disappointed that Jews exist”. I give thanks for your existence and gifts to the world. I shall continue to try to struggle for your security and space to flourish – as my parents did in the 1930s and 1940s.
    But I fear that the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank – and in particular settlement expansion – endanger that security
    Yes, we disagree, but please don’t make me your enemy.

  • where do they want the childrend children to live?
    or do they want to eliminate JEWS
    TELLING THEM THEY CANT HAVE BABIES AND GROW?

    MAYBE THEY WANT JEWS TO COLONIZE THE MOON.

    THOSE ARABS LIVING IN GAZA AND JUDEA SAMEREA SHOULD GO HOME TO EGYPT AND SYRIA

    GET OFF MY JEWISH LAND !!!

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Screw Obama with a bat with nails in it.

  • The United States State Dept is very disappointed that Jews exist.

  • The US State is…and always has been…very disappointed that Jews exist.

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