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Washington - White House Not OK With Israel's New West Bank Settlement Construction

Published on: December 1, 2012 06:13 PM
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FILE - Palestinian construction worker work on the expansion of the Jewish settlement of Tzufim near the West Bank town of Qalqilya on October 31, 2012.  flash90FILE - Palestinian construction worker work on the expansion of the Jewish settlement of Tzufim near the West Bank town of Qalqilya on October 31, 2012.  flash90

Washington - The White House said on Friday a new Israeli settlement expansion plan was “counterproductive” and could make it harder to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

“We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and East Jerusalem construction and announcements,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

Israel plans to build thousands of new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, an Israeli official said earlier, defying a U.N. vote that implicitly recognized Palestinian statehood there.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative government had authorized the construction of 3,000 housing units.

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“We believe these actions are counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations or achieve of a two state solution,” Vietor said. “Direct negotiations remain our goal and we encourage all parties to take steps to make that easier to achieve.”

 

 


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 Dec 01, 2012 at 06:20 PM Anonymous Says:

The U.S. supported EY at the UN and Netanyahu turns around 24 hours later and pokes us in the eye with these settlements. And you wonder why many American leaders wonder about why we expend political currency over and over again in a manner that only worsens our global position. I guess Netanyahu feels he doesn't need the few friends that EY has left in the world and is more worried about satisfying the right wing politicians going into an election.

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 Dec 01, 2012 at 06:38 PM pbalaw Says:

It's exactly what EY needs right now ... Housing is crazy expenses right now ... Build bold build, the US should worry about its own economy

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 Dec 01, 2012 at 07:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Well america should first look whre they got thier land. our land was given to us and promised to us by Hashem.

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 Dec 01, 2012 at 08:42 PM bennyt Says:

One good counterproductive act (the PA's recent bid to the UN for statehood) deserves another (Israel building new homes in East Jerusalem)!

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 Dec 01, 2012 at 10:28 PM ComeOn Says:

I think it's counterproductive that Obama the Bolshevik thinks he can unilaterally speak for 100% of America when barely 51% elected him.
If congress wants to issue an opinion, it would be a slightly more realistic representation of what America really thinks of Israel building on their own rightfully won (in a war) land.

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 Dec 01, 2012 at 10:41 PM esther Says:

Reply to #4  
bennyt Says:

One good counterproductive act (the PA's recent bid to the UN for statehood) deserves another (Israel building new homes in East Jerusalem)!

it is absolutely 100% productive and wonderful for yidden to build in yerushalaim,ir hakoidesh,any part of it!

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 Dec 02, 2012 at 05:39 AM Yawvous Says:

The US cannot handcuff a whole population- the community needs to expand and if the arabs want to talk let them sit down to the table about it

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 Dec 02, 2012 at 05:41 AM Hershkovitz Says:

The readers on this board must understand, that there is a difference between love for EY, and dealing with some of the politicians in EY, who represent the state, but don't always have its citizens' best interest at heart. The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of Israelis live within the pre-1967 borders, and want the state of war with the Arabs (which has been going on for decades), ended. It is extremely tense to constantly live under fear of suicide bombings, rocket shellings, knifings and other attacks on the street. Instead of the government of EY being grateful for the political and economic support which it receives from the USA, it engages in a provocative act, regarding expansion of settlements. One of these days, many of the existing settlements on the West Bank will be evacuated by a new Israeli government, and the settlers who refuse to leave, will be left at the mercy of whatever Arab entity takes over. This madness has to come to an end within the next few years; it can not go on indefinitely!

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 Dec 02, 2012 at 05:58 AM Howard Says:

Reply to #5  
ComeOn Says:

I think it's counterproductive that Obama the Bolshevik thinks he can unilaterally speak for 100% of America when barely 51% elected him.
If congress wants to issue an opinion, it would be a slightly more realistic representation of what America really thinks of Israel building on their own rightfully won (in a war) land.

Hmmm. Did you also say that Bush only represented half the American people after 2004 or less than half after 2000 (when he got less than 50 percent of the vote and Gore actually won half a million more votes across the country)? And by the way, every president, whether he won by a landslide or barely sqeezed by his opponent, has opposed Israeli settlements. Israel can't keep claiming it wants negotiations for a two-state solution (as most Israelis, including Netanyahu, say they do) while building on the very lands that would be part of a negotiated agreement.

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 Dec 02, 2012 at 12:54 PM shimon Says:

Normally, Israel is treading on egg shells to not build much, or change too much on the ground which might make Palestinians nervous about what it will get from talks.
But now, the Palestinians broke free, so Israel is no longer bound. Israel can now feel freer to build within agreements, how it would like.

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