Obama aide calls Israeli settlement
announcement an 'insult' to the US
By: Rory McCarthy in Jerusalem
The announcement that Israel plans to build 1600
additional housing units in East Jerusalem at a time when Vice President
Biden was visiting Israel a few days ago WAS NO ACCIDENT – despite
efforts on both the Israeli and US sides to characterize it as such. It
was part of a series of carefully crafted moves Israeli Prime Minister
Netanyahu and his right-wing evangelical partners in the United States,
led by Pastor JOHN HAGEE, to make a
statement that East Jerusalem WILL NEVER BE SURRENDERED to the Arabs as
part of a "two-state" solution to ending the Israeli / Palestinian conflict.
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One of President Obama's most senior aides has described
Israel's sudden announcement of plans to build 1,600 homes in occupied East
Jerusalem as an "affront" to the US ...
Yesterday, David Axelrod said the move, which overshadowed
a visit to Israel by the US vice-president, Joe Biden, was "very destructive."
"This was an affront, it was an insult but most
importantly it undermined this very fragile effort to bring peace to that
region," he said on NBC's Meet the Press. "For this announcement
to come at that time was very destructive."
Axelrod, one of the architects of Obama's election,
is not the first US official to have criticized the decision but he is one
of the president's closest advisers.
The announcement on Tuesday that thousands of new
homes were being planned in Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem came on
the eve of Biden's arrival in the region for discussions to restart "proximity
talks" between Israel and Palestinians, with the US mediating. Almost
immediately, the news prompted Palestinian leaders to pull out of the new
round of talks.
Israel's cabinet minister, Isaac Herzog, apologized
for the timing of the announcement but not for its substance.
Obama administration officials have criticized the
scheme in a stream of sharply worded statements accusing the Israeli government
of jeopardizing good-faith negotiations with the Palestinians.
Hillary Clinton spoke at length with Netanyahu by
phone on Friday, calling the move a "deeply negative signal" about
Israel's approach to its relationship with the US. In an interview on Friday,
Clinton also called the move "an insult to the US." SHE SUGGESTED
THE MOVE WAS THE WORK OF ELEMENTS WITHIN THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT [AND THEIR
PARTNERS IN THE UNITED STATES] WHO OPPOSE THE CREATION OF AN INDEPENDENT PALESTINIAN
Israel has agreed to slow construction of settlements
in the West Bank but has refused to halt building in East Jerusalem. ISRAEL
CONSIDERS EAST JERUSALEM, WHICH IT CAPTURED IN THE 1967 WAR, ITS SOVEREIGN
TERRITORY and Netanyahu has spoken frequently
in defense of settlements there.
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