Statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Demolition of the Shepherd’s Hotel in East Jerusalem
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY CLINTON
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.