New York Times: Israel To Expand In East Jerusalem

Planned location would block connection between Jerusalem neighborhoods and Palestinian cities.

11/30/12
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Hours after the United Nations General Assembly voted over the objections of Israel and the United States to upgrade the Palestinians' status, the government of Israel decided to move forward on the construction of housing in a controversial part of East Jerusalem, the New York Times reports.

Quoting a senior Israel official speaking on the condition of anonymity, the Times states that the housing would connect the settlement of Maale Adumim to Jerusalem.

Such building is controversial because it will stand between the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem on the one hand and Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem on the other, making it impossible to connect them, according to the Times.

The prime minister's office refused to comment on the expansion, while a State Department official criticied the move, the Times reported.

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The move by Israel has my blessing. The reason why is because I don't know how many more years it will take before the Palestinians finally come to the negotiating table in good faith. It's been 65 years and they haven't done it yet. Will it be another 65? If so, why in the world should Israel hold the land in an untouchable escrow account, so to speak, and wait for the Palestinians to do the right thing which may never happen. They really don't have much to do to satisfy Israel. Simply recognize the fact that Israel is a Jewish state and lay down the weapons. It's that easy.
The hard part for the Palestinians is that they don't want peace, so it will take take very many years of intensive psychotherapy to cure their mental illness of anti-semitism.

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