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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

'Deeply troubling'

That didn't take long. On Monday, I reported that Defense Minister Ehud Barak had approved the construction of 277 homes in the city of Ariel in the Samaria region (population 20,000+). Of those homes, 100 are meant for Jews who were expelled from their homes in Gaza six years ago who still don't have a permanent place to live.

And by the end of the day on Monday, the Obama administration announced that 277 Jewish homes are 'deeply troubling.'
The United States and the Palestinians on Monday accused Israel of harming attempts to revive the peace process by approving the construction of 277 homes in the West Bank settlement of Ariel.

“We have seen reports of this approval for apartments in the West Bank. We consider it deeply troubling,” US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

“These kinds of actions are counterproductive to the resumption of direct negotiations.

We have raised this issue with the Israeli government.

We will continue to make our position known,” she said.
Actually, 'these kinds of actions' are the only kinds that MIGHT make the 'Palestinians' come to the bargaining table by giving them something to lose if they don't come. And that's precisely why the 'Palestinians' are furious.
Nabil Abu Rudainah, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said the approvals were “an Israeli attempt to obstruct and destroy what is left of any effort to revive the peace process.”

It was an act, he said, that justified Palestinian plans to seek statehood unilaterally at the United Nations rather than through a negotiated agreement with Israel.

“Once again, these Israeli settlement measures represent a strong reason calling on us to go to the United Nations and the Security Council to request membership for the state of Palestine and to halt these Israeli measures,” Rudainah told Reuters.
What? No statement from Lady Ugliness? Was she on vacation on Monday?

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At 3:17 PM, Blogger 2senseplain said...

Of course the decision is "deeply troubling". there aren't nearly enough houses approved for all the 9,000 people expelled from Gaza who need them. Forget about the other people who need housing.

At 3:19 PM, Blogger 2senseplain said...

Of course its "deeply troubling" it's not nearly enough housing for the 9,000 Jews expelled from Gaza, most of whom are STILL waiting after all these years to be properly resettled in proper housing.


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