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Israel's interior minister has given final approval for the construction of 1,600 new settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem, his spokesman said.
Eli Yishai will also approve 2,700 more homes shortly, Roei Lachmanovich, the spokesman, told the AFP news agency on Thursday.
Palestinians have refused to take part in peace talks while the Israeli government continues to construct settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Lachmanovich said the final approvals were "economic" not political, linking the interior minister's decision to demonstrations over housing prices and the cost of living that have rocked Israel in recent weeks.
Originally posted by gravitational
Sorry to tell you but, Jerusalem is in consensus amongst all Israelis (minus a few extreme lefties).
It always has been and always will be. Netanyahoo (and other Israeli leasers) explicitly said numerous times that Jerusalem will never be divided.
And while we're at it, Jerusalem was NEVER a Palestinian city, and surely not a Palestinian or Arab capital, but don't let that little fact disturb you from re writing history. .
The Zionist Organization provided their definition concerning the boundaries of Palestine in a statement to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919; it also includes a statement about the importance of water resources that the designated area includes. On the basis of a League of Nations mandate, the British administered Palestine after World War I, promising to establish a Jewish homeland therein. The original Mandate Palestine included what is now Israel, the West Bank (of the Jordan), and trans-Jordan (the present kingdom of Jordan),although the latter was disattached by an administrative decision of the British in 1922. To the Palestinian people who view Palestine as their homeland, its boundaries are those of Mandate Palestine excluding the Transjordan, as described in the Palestinian National Charter.
I believe the Jews have a far longer history of being established in this region.