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Statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Demolition of the Shepherd’s Hotel in East Jerusalem

January 9, 2011

This just in:


Demolition of the Shepherd’s Hotel

We are very concerned about the initiation of demolition of the Shepherd’s Hotel in East Jerusalem. This disturbing development undermines peace efforts to achieve the two state-solution. In particular, this move contradicts the logic of a reasonable and necessary agreement between the parties on the status of Jerusalem. We believe that through good faith negotiations, the parties should mutually agree on an outcome that realizes the aspirations of both parties for Jerusalem, and safeguards its status for people around the world. Ultimately, the lack of a resolution to this conflict harms Israel, harms the Palestinians, and harms the U.S. and the international community. We will continue to press ahead with the parties to resolve the core issues, including Jerusalem, in the context of a peace agreement.

I wish she would use stronger language. The EU’s Catherine Ashton issued a much more forceful statement several hours ago. These demolitions are more than “disturbing” or “concerning.” They are illegal under international law, unnecessary and an outright provocation. That said, until the Democrats step up to the plate and stand behind this administration on this issue, I understand why she may be unwilling to be more adamant and forceful about this.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. TracyR permalink
    January 10, 2011 10:00 am

    I agree. The concerns we express don’t seem to matter to Israel so perhaps something stronger is required- all out condemnation? A threat not to veto the Palestinian resolution condemning settlements at the UN? There is no need for this- Israel does not need more land. This is theft pure and simple.

    • Pat permalink
      January 10, 2011 10:06 am

      I think it is more complicated. Israel has a right to build in Jerusalem which is the historic and biblical home of the Jews.

  2. Thain permalink
    January 10, 2011 10:57 am

    This is disgusting- AIPAC control of our foreign policy- they sound like damn traitors talking about “we need to get our people (Jews) inside” to push the Israel agenda. They are agents of a foreign govt which makes them different than the pharmaceutical lobby or insurance lobby. How many times do AIPAC officials have to be caught spying against the US before people admit what is right in front of them. Unfortunately, this talks about how AIPAC was part in parcel of the Hillary and Bill campaign. Of course, no one can get elected without the support of AIPAC and the lobby so its probably not fair to just target the Clintons although they seemed to make matters worse. George HW Bush atleast had people who would stand up to the lobby (James Baker) :

    And this is about how all the pro-Arab folks were expunged from the State dept. during Bill Clinton’s tenure and beyond. I have heard that repeatedly and you’ll be hardpressed to find anyone at State who questions Israel’s colonialism. Same thing with the WH- Chas Freeman was taken down by the Lobby because he was seen as too “pro-Arab.”

    So who replaced the so-called “Arabists” at the State Dept?:

    So if you wonder why our foreign policy is so one-sided you have your answer, as unpleasant and politically incorrect as it may be.


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