THE QUESTION IS …. WILL THERE BE ANYTHING LEFT OF PALESTINE TO BUILD A STATE WITH?

Israel’s response to the UN vote comes as no surprise to anyone. Their ‘final solution’ for Palestine remains in effect as can be seen in the following;
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In response to UN vote, Israel to build 3,000 new homes in settlements

Netanyahu orders thousands of new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank; controversial plans for new construction in the E1 area near Jerusalem will be advanced, contrary to commitments made to the Obama administration.

By Barak Ravid
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Israel plans to build some 3,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem and West Bank settlements in response to the Palestinians’ successful bid for recognition at the UN General Assembly this week, a senior diplomatic source told Haaretz on Friday.

According to the source, Israel also plans to advance long-frozen plans for the E1 area, which covers an area that links the city of Jerusalem with the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim.

If built, the controversial plan would prevent territorial contiguity between the northern and southern West Bank, making it difficult for a future Palestinian state to function.

In the beginning of his term, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the Obama administration a commitment that Israel would not build in the area. Both of his predecessors, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert, also promised the U.S. administration that Israel would not build in E1.

The source said Israel would advance building plans for another several thousand housing units in settlement blocs in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, while weighing additional measures.

He added that the construction would be carried out according to the map of Israel’s strategic interests.

In a historic session of the United Nations in New York Thursday, exactly 65 years after passing the Partition Plan for Palestine, the General Assembly voted by a huge majority to recognize Palestine within the 1967 borders as a non-member state with observer status in the organization. Some 138 countries voted in favor of the resolution, 41 abstained and 9 voted against: Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, U.S., Panama, The Marshall Islands, Palau, Nauru, and Micronesia.

Following the vote, U.S. UN envoy Susan Rice said the resolution does not establish Palestine as state, that it prejudges the outcome of negotiations, and ignores questions of security.

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And of course, the prepared ‘objections’ from those who will be footing the bill for the new illegal settlements …

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U.S. condemns Israel’s settlement expansion plan in Jerusalem, West Bank

White House says decision to build 3,000 new homes in settlements is ‘counterproductive'; Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat condemns move, says Israel is ‘defying the whole international community.’

By Barak Ravid
U.S. President Barack Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama. Must overcome his difficulties with Netanyahu to face the Iranian threat.Photo by Bloomberg

The U.S on Friday condemned the Israeli decision to build 3,000 new homes in the settlements, which came as a response to the UN vote to upgrade Palestine’s status to a non-member observer state.

“These actions are counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations or achieve a two-state solution,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said. “We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlement activity and East Jerusalem construction and announcements.”

“Direct negotiations remain our goal and we encourage all parties to take steps to make that goal easier to achieve,” the White House spokesman said.

Earlier Friday, a senior diplomatic source told Haaretz that Netanyahu ordered 3,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. According to the source, Israel also plans to advance long-frozen plans for the E1 area, which covers an area that links the city of Jerusalem with the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim.

If built, the controversial plan would prevent territorial contiguity between the northern and southern West Bank, making it difficult for a future Palestinian state to function.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat also condemned the Israeli announcement, saying Israel was “defying the whole international community and insisting on destroying the two-state solution.” He said the Palestinian leadership was studying its options.

In a historic session of the United Nations in New York Thursday, exactly 65 years after passing the Partition Plan for Palestine, the General Assembly voted by a huge majority to recognize Palestine within the 1967 borders as a non-member state with observer status in the organization. Some 138 countries voted in favor of the resolution, 41 abstained and 9 voted against: Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, U.S., Panama, The Marshall Islands, Palau, Nauru, and Micronesia.

Following the vote, U.S. UN envoy Susan Rice said the resolution does not establish Palestine as state, that it prejudges the outcome of negotiations, and ignores questions of security.

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5 Comments

  1. Greg Burton said,

    December 1, 2012 at 18:02

    While being removed from the vehicle Sivan Kurzberg said, “We are Israeli, We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems, the Palestinians are the problem”.

    There, in this statement to the police, in a nutshell, lies the entire Israeli 911 gambit: using the cover of the contrived Muslim boogie-man, the blood-lust that lead to eternal, serial war against all Muslims nations, Israel has preceded to dismantle what was left of Palestine by perforating the West Bank with settlements and making life so unbearable in Gaza that Palestinians would flee Gaza, without any right of return; resulting in the complete reduction of Palestine into Israel, while America’s backs were turned, focused on an imaginary enemy.

  2. Blake said,

    December 1, 2012 at 18:48

    Counter productive = illegal

  3. davidgrayling said,

    December 3, 2012 at 04:12

    American backs were never turned. American has been supporting the creation of a jew-only state for decades.

    It has pretended to be an honest broker while, behind the scenes, thwarting every attempt by the Palestinians to have their own state.

    The U.S. wants a Greater Israel as its proxy in the Middle East!

  4. December 3, 2012 at 09:26

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