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Saturday, June 14, 2008

1300 housing units approved in 'east' Jerusalem

Maybe US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice should come to Israel more often. Rice arrives in Israel for a visit Saturday night, and it seems that lately every time she comes, Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert turns into Yitzchak Shamir reincarnated. (Shamir was Prime Minister from 1988-92 and every time then-US President George H. W. Bush would send his Secretary of State to Israel, Shamir would set up a new 'settlement' in honor of the occasion). This time is no exception. Yesterday, Olmert's housing ministry approved 1300 new housing units in the Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo section. Ramat Shlomo is in the northeastern part of the city, in an area that was actually in no-man's land before 1967. Significantly, Ramat Shlomo is actually closer in to town than the much larger Ramot neighborhood that lies to its north.
The Housing Ministry on Friday announce approval for construction of 1,300 housing units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of Jerusalem. Ramat Shlomo, a Haredi neighborhood which currently has 2,000 housing units, borders the Arab Beit Hanina neighborhood of the city, on land liberated in the 1967 Six Day War.

United Nations Security Council will discuss a resolution proposed by Arab states against continued Jewish building in Judea and Samaria. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, who is set to visit the region again this week, criticized the announcement.
I don't think anyone in Jerusalem would dream of giving Ramat Shlomo - or Ramot - to the 'Palestinians.' That's just not going to happen. Condi needs to get real.


At 11:50 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

May the Almighty help me, I am really struggling with feelings of hate towards Condoleezza Rice. Nothing can be clearer than that Jerusalem belongs to Israel.

At 4:48 AM, Blogger lance said...

Anyone you know live in Ramat Shlomo? Shavua tov

At 6:40 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel should tell Condi that Jews living in Jerusalem have never been an obstacle to peace. The true obstacle to peace is Palestinians using their homes as ammunition dumps. When Condi resolves the latter issue, then she can bring up Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem. Not before.

At 7:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 7:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even JPost.com this morning is showing the "cast an evil spell with her hand" pic of Rice on its home page.

At 7:28 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

shy guy, looks like she might have learned that "cast an evil spell with her hand" from this guy


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