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Israel to Approve Over 1,000 New Illegal Settlements Beyond the Green Line in Jerusalem

September 27, 2011

I guess unilateral actions that violate international law, change the facts on the ground and make a two state solution near impossible aren’t as bad as the unilateral action of going to the UN to obtain token state recognition?:

The Jerusalem District Planning Committee is set to approve 1,100 new housing units in Jerusalem’s contested Gilo neighborhood on Tuesday, despite past U.S. objections concerning any construction that expanded Gilo further across the Green Line.

The plan was submitted by a subsidiary to the Jewish National Fund, and must pass 60 days in which the public may oppose it before being finally approved by Jerusalem’s planning authorities.

The announcement of the possible approval of construction in Gilo comes amid U.S. attempts to push Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiations table following a Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations. A key Palestinian condition ahead of resumed talks has been the complete freeze of all Israeli settlement construction.

Of course, this underscores part of the reason the Palestinians went to the UN to begin with.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. william bilek permalink
    September 27, 2011 11:08 am

    Why does Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem make a two-state solution impossible? Can an Arab Palestine not be established without controlling Jerusalem and it Jewish Holy Sites?

    • September 28, 2011 7:39 am

      Because East Jerusalem (beyond the green line) is occupied territory and the settlements are illegal under international law. To continue to build on land that is the subject of peace negotiations is absolutely unfair. If you and I are negotiating over how to divvy up the last two pieces of pie, is it fair for me and me alone to start eating them before and during negotiations? No, because in so doing I alone have determined the outcome- I get both pieces of pie and you are shit out of luck.

  2. rachel permalink
    September 27, 2011 8:31 pm

    How come no one in the US media mentions the irony of the UN beign the body that recognized Israel beign asked not to recognize a Palestine state.

    • September 28, 2011 7:37 am

      Rachel, you know why no one in the media has pointed that out ;). The media narrative is that the Palestinians are ungrateful, intransigent terrorists who are unfairly taking unilateral action in order to undermine Israel’s right to exist. Period. The fact that they have every RIGHT to do this is hardly the issue as far as the media is concerned. The media (and US politicians and Israel)want people to think that only the US should be involved in Mideast peace- any international involvement should only be symbolic (Mideast Quartet)-so you won’t hear too many stories or commentaries about why UN involvement might be appropriate at this stage.

  3. rachel permalink
    September 27, 2011 8:35 pm

    PS I know I am a little slow on this issue but its sort of like you and your neighbor fighting over where to put a fence and the neighborh says lets talk about it after I build my fence where I want to build it.

  4. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    September 27, 2011 11:07 pm

    Boy, Israel is really, really rubbing salt in the wound.

    • September 28, 2011 7:32 am

      Yes, because that’s what a great ally does. After the US runs around trying to tank the Palestinian bid on behalf of Israel, at great cost to our credibility and standing in the world, Israel says thank you by demonstrating it has no regard for the niceties of international law and helpfully has demonstrated exactly WHY the Palestinians are going to the UN.

      Europe better wake up and realize that they are the ones that are going to have to act because the US will never be an objective mediator and time has almost run out.


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