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Israel Refuses to Halt Settlement Construction

Posted on Sep 27, 2011
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Israel decided to move ahead with settlement construction Tuesday, giving the go-ahead for the building of 1,100 housing units in east Jerusalem, even after Palestinians claimed the area as their future capital in their application for U.N. membership last week.

The Interior Ministry announced that construction of the homes would begin in Gilo after a mandatory 60-day period for public comment passes.

The United Nations, European Union and the United States all condemned Israel’s decision, which ignores Palestinian demands that Israel halt settlement construction as a condition for resuming peace talks. —BF

The Christian Science Monitor:

Since capturing east Jerusalem, Israel has annexed the area and ringed it with about 10 Jewish enclaves that are meant to solidify its control. Gilo, which is close to the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, is among the largest, with about 50,000 residents. Israel’s annexation of east Jerusalem has not been internationally recognized.

Meir Margalit, a Jerusalem city council member who is critical of east Jerusalem construction, said city officials had given initial approval to the Gilo project more than a year ago.

Margalit said he didn’t expect the project to be “an obstacle of peace” since it is in an existing Jewish area that is widely expected to remain part of Israel in any peace deal. But he said Interior Minister Eli Yishai, leader of the hawkish Shas Party, appeared to have timed the approval as a response to the Palestinian statehood gambit. Yishai declined an interview request.

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By felicity, September 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

Netanyahu, like Sharon before him, predictably saw an
opportunity to flex his balls - and we, predictably,
are responding by shaking our finger at him when we
should be giving him the ‘finger.’

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By SoTexGuy, September 28, 2011 at 10:34 am Link to this comment

Netanyahu and the state of Israel are flaunting their power over US policy and politics..

Palestinian statehood if ever approved (why outsiders need to approve this is itself a conundrum) will be only over a small and fragmented portion of their original lands.. so graciously awarded them from the leftovers of the establishment of the
fiat-state of Israel.

California Ray’s contribution is very appreciated.. since in the end average Americans, by hook or by crook, prop up the Israeli regime and only we can really bring an end to the madness.


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By California Ray, September 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm Link to this comment

Political Zionism is subsidized by U.S. state governments. For example, California law contains protections for investments in State of Israel Bonds. (Fin. Code §§ 1009(a), 7264; Gov. Code §§ 7514(b), 16522(h), 16612(h)). Investments in Israel are uniquely protected.  Those code sections require California to financially underwrite Israeli expansion and domination. In addition, California state trust money cannot be invested in banks or other business entities that cooperate with the Arab League boycott of Israel.

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