TGIF: May 20th Appointments for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Well doesn’t this sound fun ;):
SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
12:30 p.m. Secretary Clinton joins President Obama’s bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, at the White House.
And while everybody’s heads explode because President Obama dared to mention 1967 borders yesterday- borders that are only a starting point and which clearly allow for land swaps/settlements to remain in place- this article appeared today in Haaretz:
As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begins his state visit to the United States, several senior cabinet ministers are preparing to take part in the inauguration of a new neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan, and Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz, as well as Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin and Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat are all set to participate next week in a festive ceremony celebrating Ma’aleh Hazeitim, a Jewish compound in the heart of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud.
The neighborhood, along with other projects in Ras al-Amud, is seen as a strategic asset by the Israeli right wing, as it makes creating a Palestinian corridor between the Old City and the West Bank more difficult. Such a corridor was discussed in earlier negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Ma’aleh Hazeitim is intended to house 110 families, and another neighborhood, Ma’aleh David, is meant to be built alongside it at a later date. Once the two are linked, they will house more than 200 families and become the single largest Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem.
Where’s the media, lobby outrage over this story? No, Bibi’s supporters here in the U.S. want us all to believe any hiccup in relations between the US and Israel is all the fault of the administration- naturally, nothing is Bibi’s fault.
We can talk about 1967 borders but as we speak, Israel is changing the facts on the ground so as to make 1967 irrelevant- they are trying to ensure that E. Jerusalem is never transferred to the Palestinians and that contiguous Palestinian borders will be impossible, 1967 or no 1967. But where’s the outrage at this bold, illegal attempt to predetermine the outcome of any final settlement? So perhaps you will pardon me for not buying into all the post-speech hand-wringing and pearl-clutching currently taking place in the media, among the right wing here in the U.S. and among the status-quo Israel lobby.