Israel Announces Plans to Build Homes in West Bank, East Jerusalem

Statement was likely postponed until after Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to the region

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Israel will build 1,400 new homes in the contested territories of the West Bank and east Jerusalem, its housing ministry announced on Friday.

A total of 800 houses will be built in various West Bank settlements and 600 in Ramat Shlomo in east Jerusalem; Palestinians lay claim to both territories. A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the developments hinder  “American efforts aimed at creating a peace track toward a two state solution.”

The announcement had been expected earlier in January after Israel completed its third release of Palestinian prisoners since the peace talks resumed last summer. In the past, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced construction plans in the West Bank to curb backlash among hardline supporters for releasing Palestinian prisoners.

Israel’s statement was likely postponed in an effort to avoid coinciding U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the region, according to the Associated Press. Kerry has said the building program casts doubt over Israel’s commitment to the peace talks.

[AP]

3 comments
Sherry19
Sherry19

The United States looks like a complete hypocrite for supporting Israel, how can anyone even think that the Israeli's want peace. Kerry went there to broke a deal for a withdrawl to the 1967 lines. Benjamin Net&Yahoo or bibi said no, and we see tons of Israeli propaganda even in the US about the cons of having a 67 line. 

But the fact is those settlements and Israel's aggression is a violation of international law. The same law that the US tries to uphold, and use as a reason to intervene in other countries affairs.

By supporting Israel and sending them money it makes the US look like a bunch

samg720
samg720

The United States Goverment should take concrete measures that have our Senators and Congressmen line up and support International Laws and conventions on Human Rights. Secondly we should pass a Bill's that reduces financial aid to Israel by 10 to 20% upon each declaration of building settlement's in Occupied Palestine Lands that is Internationaly Recognized by the 1948 UN Mandate and Fedral Law and a Bill that that restricts Political Action committees and any out side interference with federal Legislation and Protocol. This should demostrate to Israel we object to the Occupation and demostrate our intent to the rest of the world that the United States is serious about resolving the Middle East conflict and truly defines itself as the Honest Broker to all parties in the region.This also puts Israel and the Palestianins on notice that and rest of the world that we are committed to put end to this long lasting conflict

ricardo_lion
ricardo_lion

@samg720  Not occupied, but disputed.  Israel reconquered Judea and Samaria in a defensive war against Jordan, not "Palestine" (Jewish / Greek name).  Later stupid Israeli politicians gave most of the region to Egyptian Muslim Arab terrorist Arafat and his corrupt PLO (PA today).  A small fraction (0,000000...1% of Palestine, 0,0000000000000000000000000000000000....1% of the ME, the size of a farm in the US) for security reasons (to keep Muslim terrorists out).  Those stupid Israeli politicians even gave Bethlehem, city of Jewish King David and his descendant, Jesus.  Arabs (invaders from Arabia, kicked out of Iberia after nearly 800 years of occupation) have 22 countries (on Kurdish, Berber, Copt, etc. land), one in Palestine (80% of the region), Jordan.