U.S. condemns Israeli plan for new construction beyond Green Line

 Following by General (Ret) James David who is mentioned on the cover of former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ book about the power/influence of the pro-Israel lobby (AIPAC and similar) on the US political system and media:

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The United States says it’s disappointed by today’s news of Israel’s announcement approving the construction of 1,100 housing units in East Jerusalem on Palestinian land.  A U.S. spokesperson stated that this latest construction announcement by the Israelis is counterproductive to America’s efforts to resume direct negotiations between the parties. 
I don’t blame the Israelis for this latest announcement.  We expect these kind of actions from the Israelis because they know they can get away with anything as long as the U.S. stays by their side.  So, it’s not the Israelis we should blame.  It’s the United States and their bought politicians who are to blame.  As long as the U.S. promises to veto any U.N. resolutions critical to Israel there will never be peace in the Middle East.  There needs to be an American spring revolt against this  stranglehold that the Israelis have on our leaders and how their lobby and other Jewish groups have corrupted our government  How much more blood and money can Americans afford for this Zionist State?
 
 
Published 18:37 27.09.11 Latest update 18:37 27.09.11

U.S. condemns Israeli plan for new construction beyond Green Line

EU, Palestinians also denounce Israel’s plan for 1,100 new homes in Jerusalem’s contested Gilo neighborhood.

By Natasha Mozgovaya, Nir Hasson and The Associated Press Tags: Jerusalem Palestinians

 
   

The U.S. condemned Tuesday Israel’s plan to build 1,100 new housing units in Jerusalem’s contested Gilo neighborhood, which lies beyond the Green Line.

 “We are deeply disappointed by this morning’s announcement by the government of Israel approving the construction of 1,100 housing units in East Jerusalem,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

Gilo construction - Bar-On Construction in Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood.
Photo by: Daniel Bar-On
 

“We consider this counterproductive to our efforts to resume direct negotiations between the parties,” Nuland said.  “And we have long urged both parties to avoid actions which could undermine trust, including in Jerusalem, and will continue to work with the parties to try to resume direct negotiations.”

 The European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton also expressed disappointment with Israel’s new plan to build homes in Gilo, saying they “should be reversed” since it undermines peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

Ashton told the EU parliament that she heard “with deep regret” that Israeli plans to build homes beyond the Green Line were continuing.

Speaking in Strasbourg, France, Ashton said the expansion of settlements “threatens the viability of an agreed two-state solution” between the two sides, as backed by the EU, the United States, Russia and the United Nations.

The Palestinians also condemned Israel’s construction plans in Gilo.

“The Israeli Prime Minister claims to have no preconditions, but with this decision is putting concrete preconditions on the ground,” the Palestinian Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

“[Netanyahu] says there should be no unilateral steps, but there could be nothing more unilateral than a huge new round of settlement building on Palestinian land. The Israeli Prime Minister told the UN that he had come to tell the truth, but it is this decision which tells the truth.”

In New York on Monday, a divided UN Security Council met behind closed doors for its first discussion of last week’s Palestinian application for full UN membership as a state.

The move seems certain to fail due to Israeli and U.S. opposition, despite substantial support by other governments.

A spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said it was up to the Security Council to put a stop to Israel’s settlement policy “which is destroying the two-state solution and putting more obstacles in front of any effort to bring about a resumption of negotiations”.

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