Sunday, January 9, 2011

Skip that supposed cessation of criticism of Israel by this administration

Remember a few weeks back when it looked like this administration [Obama] had finally relinquished in pressuring Israel to stop their building on their land.   Some on the left said: 'see this administration is changing its stripes as far as its antagonistic approach to Israel and is not pressuring Israel anymore.  Well I posted on this blog how this was mistaken and from the wisdom of Caroline Glick how this was misinterpreted... the real meaning was that the Obama administration was just going to make Israel irrelevant.

Well it looks like Caroline was right about the administration's so called new found support of Israel. Here they go again.... 
From Reuters [and because from Reuters the dots represent material I removed because of their usual anti Israel bias]

Clinton criticizes latest Israel move on settlements

JERUSALEM | Sun Jan 9, 2011 4:45pm EST
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli bulldozers cleared the way for 20 new homes for Jews in East Jerusalem by demolishing a derelict hotel Sunday, in a settlement project that angered Palestinians and drew criticism from the United States.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in Abu Dhabi on a tour of U.S. Gulf Arab allies, said: "This disturbing development undermines peace efforts to achieve the two-state solution. In particular, this move contradicts the logic of a reasonable and necessary agreement between the parties on the status of Jerusalem."
With direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations at a standstill, Israel said an emissary of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a Palestinian envoy would travel to Washington in the next few days to seek ways to restart talks.
But Erekat said "the meetings, if they happen, will happen on a separate basis with the American administration: Palestinian-American, Israeli-American."
Netanyahu has urged the Palestinians to return to direct talks.
A project to replace the building with a block of 20 apartments was approved by Israel's Jerusalem city hall in 2009. Israeli officials said Washington had voiced its opposition to the project to Israel's ambassador in the United States.
Netanyahu responded at the time to the U.S. criticism by saying that Jews have a right to live anywhere in Jerusalem, a city Israel claims as its united capital ..........................
Clinton said the United States believed that negotiation was the only way to "realize the aspirations of both parties for Jerusalem" and said Washington would continue to press both sides to resolve core issues.

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