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Washington - US Sharply Criticizes New Israeli Construction

Published on: October 1, 2014 03:57 PM
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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest takes a question on the resignation of US Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, in the East Room of the White House, in Washington DC, USA, 01 October 2014. EPAWhite House Press Secretary Josh Earnest takes a question on the resignation of US Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, in the East Room of the White House, in Washington DC, USA, 01 October 2014. EPA

Washington - The White House says that if Israel were to move forward with a controversial housing development in east Jerusalem, it would distance Israel from, quote, “even its closest allies.”

The sharp criticism came just hours after President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House. The two leaders did not mention the new construction project during their remarks to reporters.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says that the 2,500-unit project would only draw “condemnation” from the international community. He says it would also call into question Israel’s commitment to peaceful negotiations with Palestinians.

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The new project is contentious because it would complete a band of Jewish areas that separate Jerusalem from nearby Bethlehem.



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 Oct 01, 2014 at 04:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Here goes the obsession with settlements. It is a disgrace that Obama even discusses it publicly (even via his spokesman). It was made into an issue before, and it did not make a fraction of a difference in the volume of terror and murder of Israelis. It is not an impediment to negotiations for peace. There are none anyway because the Muslim world is still hellbent on the destruction of Israel. Until Obama has the moral guts to call the issue what it really is, he'll get in line with all those before him that failed.

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 Oct 01, 2014 at 05:50 PM HankM Says:

Israel is committing political harakiri. Who's calling the shots here?

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 Oct 01, 2014 at 06:28 PM Yoseph Says:

We all need to daven. Now that this sonei yisrael no longer has to answer to the people, he will get worse and worse. 842 days of him to survive.

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 Oct 01, 2014 at 07:41 PM abilenetx Says:

Israel seems to be the only country in the world where the world has to vote to build or not to build in a sovereign nation. I don't remember a time where, US, or Britain, or Germany has to ask the world if it is ok to build a few houses.

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 Oct 01, 2014 at 08:25 PM qazxc Says:

Bibi, show Obama who is in charge. Refuse to accept any American aid.

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 Oct 01, 2014 at 08:57 PM qazxc Says:

Bibi, show Obama who is in charge. Refuse to accept any American aid.

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 Oct 02, 2014 at 12:16 AM yidele1 Says:

i think its a mistake for israel to annonce they are building 2500 units in east jerusalem , this only incites the goyim , build and shwag shtill (keep quiet)

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 Oct 02, 2014 at 09:14 AM PrettyBoyFloyd Says:

Stop taking American money.

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