5 European ambassadors, US protest demolition of terrorists' homesEuropean ambassadors and the US State Department are protesting an Israeli cabinet decision to demolish the homes of four 'Palestinians' behind recent terror attacks, including the two who carried out Tuesday's attacks on a synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood. This is from the first link.
The ambassadors of Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain conveyed this message at a meeting with senior Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem on Thursday and called to restore calm to Jerusalem.
The five ambassadors said their governments object to demolishing Palestinians’ houses, as such punitive measures only exacerbate the situation and escalate the tension, according to Foreign Ministry officials and European diplomats who attended the meeting.
U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters on Wednesday that “punitive home demolitions are counterproductive to the cause of peace, especially in an already tense situation.”
He said the Israeli government itself had discontinued this practice in the past, “recognizing its effects.”The British and Spanish parliaments recently approved measures calling for a 'Palestinian state,' and the French parliament is due to vote on a similar measure. Sweden has already recognized 'Palestine.'
But then, what can we Israelis expect when we continue to have in our own government someone who claims that the Jewish presence in our biblical heartland causes 'Palestinian' terrorism?
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) took part on Thursday in a conference of the Council for Peace and Security, in which she blamed the Jewish presence in the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria for "heating up the atmosphere" in the recent wave of terrorism.
"Our role as cabinet members is to rise above the present reality and see if there's something we can do to change the direction, also in the region and also in our relations with the Palestinians," said Livni.
The minister claimed there is a coalition of Arab states that are threatened by radical Islam, saying "that's the same coalition that wants to end the conflict between us and the Palestinians based on two nation states. That's good news."
"The essence of Zionism," according to Livni, is to preserve Israel as a Jewish and democratic state - reportedly her opposition to a law defining Israel as the Jewish nation state has led her to draft an alternate formulation focusing on Israel as a democracy over the state's Jewish nature.
"The more that the settlement enterprise continues our future does not improve, it heats up the atmosphere and sends a message to the world that Israel is playing a double game," claimed Livni. "We speak about peace and an agreement, but in parallel we come out with all kinds of announcements on more building and more expropriation."The terrorism is because the 'Palestinians' won't tolerate the presence of Jews anywhere in this country, and the only way that the 'Palestinians' will ever agree to a 'Palestinian state' is if it's Judenrein (free of Jews).