Zou Israel werkelijk tegenspel krijgen van de V.S. bij zijn voortgaande landje-pik van de Palestijnen? Zijn arrogant vertrouwen op de zionistische (Pro-Groot)Israel lobby in Amerika – die tot nog toe voor een onvoorwardelijke steun zorgde -, zou wel eens op de proef kunnen worden gesteld – hoop ik, met al diegenen die het goed voor hebben met zowel de Israeli’s als de Palestijnen.
In ieder geval lijkt het niet verstandig om de Amerikanen te antagoniseren in deze tijd waarin Israel onder vuur ligt vanwege zijn oorlogvoering in Gaza.
The dispute between the United States and Israel over the razing of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem is intensifying and will likely become the first clash between the Obama administration and the government of Benjamin Netanyahu.
The U.S. argues that the destruction of homes constitutes a violation of commitments made as part of the road map. Israel says this is a domestic issue of law enforcement and that the future status of Jerusalem is only to be discussed in the final status negotiations.
"Apart from a dispute this issue will lead to nothing," a senior government official told Haaretz.
U.S. attention to the demolitions began after the visit to the region by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, catching Israel by surprise. Clinton was highly critical of Israel regarding the matter during her visit. She said that the demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem did not contribute to the peace process. Clinton was under considerable pressure from the Palestinian Authority to condemn the razings. The PA says the demolitions are politically motivated and insists that the issue is a bilateral one between Israel and the Palestinians…
A senior political source in Jerusalem said the matter represents a serious disagreement between Israel and the U.S. that will be raised at the start of the dialogue between Washington and the Netanyahu government.
The Israeli embassy in Washington called the issue "sensitive" and said Israel is keen on "restoring the matter to its true proportions so that [the U.S. does] not seek clarification every time a home is demolished in East Jerusalem."
An Israeli diplomat added that "We intend to go to great lengths to reassure the American administration."
The Jerusalem municipality has frozen a plan for a new Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem that was initiated by the right-wing group Ateret Cohanim.
The city’s legal adviser, Yosef Havilio, informed Meretz city councilman Pepe Alalo that he has frozen plans for the construction of 230 housing units in the area of Abu Dis, east of the Old City.
Havilio made the decision in response to a request by Alalo and attorney Danny Zeidman, who represents the nonprofit organization Ir Amim. Havilio said at least one structure and an addition to another have already been built without permits in the neighborhood, known as Kedmat Tzion.
"It is not proper for the Jerusalem municipality to submit a plan intended to retroactively approve violations of building laws," he added…
Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu has struck a secret deal with Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman for highly contentious construction on West Bank land known as E1, Army Radio reported Wednesday.
A source close to the negotiations between the pair told Army Radio that the plan had been agreed upon even though it did not appear in the official document detailing the coalition deal between Yisrael Beiteinu and Netanyahu’s Likud.
The plan is for the West Bank settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim to build 3000 new housing units on the territory, which stretches between it and Jerusalem, the source was quoted as saying.
Construction in the area is particularly sensitive because it would create contiguity between the settlement and the capital, which in turn would prevent Palestinian construction between East Jerusalem and Ramallah…