posted on Sep, 27 2011 @ 01:49 PM
Israel's interior minister has given final approval for a plan to build 1,600 settler homes in East Jerusalem, a project whose announcement last
year during a visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden caused a diplomatic rift with Washington. The official announcement Thursday of the go-ahead
from Interior Minister Eli Yishai could weigh on U.S.-led efforts to dissuade the Palestinians from seeking United Nations endorsement of statehood in
the absence of peace talks they suspended over Israeli settlement construction.
This can't be helpful to the ongoing "peace process". Sure this expansion was announced last year but Obama and Biden publicly criticized Israel so
it was put on the back burner and pretty much forgotten. A few days after Abbas submitted Palestine's bid for statehood and rejected mediator's
offers for a deal, Israel announces confirmation of this expansion in Jerusalem. This seems like retaliation. Jerusalem is where Palestine wants to
establish its capital once statehood is established.
This is certainly not going to aid the already fragile situation in Palestine/Israel. My only fear is that some Palestinians will retaliate for this
news. Any attacks would play right in the hands of Israel. I hope the Palestinians take the peaceful approach and let the Israeli government continue
their expansions in defiance of international pressure to freeze settlement expansion.
Let the rest of the world see what is really going on over there. More videos of IDF bulldozing Palestinian homes will surely help expose the Zionist
agenda in Israel. Netanyahu will justify this using the housing crisis Israeli's were protesting about over the last couple weeks. All I can say is
this will most likely not be a positive turn of events.