Netanyahu jeopardizes Israel’s future

December 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm (insanity, israel, Jim D, Middle East, palestine, thuggery, UN)

From Haaretz:

In response to UN vote, Israel to build 3,000 new homes in settlements

Netanyahu orders thousands of new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank; controversial plans for new construction in the E1 area near Jerusalem will be advanced, contrary to commitments made to the Obama administration.

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 Israel plans to build some 3,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem and West Bank settlements in response to the Palestinians’ successful bid for recognition at the UN General Assembly this week, a senior diplomatic source told Haaretz on Friday.

 

 

According to the source, Israel also plans to advance long-frozen plans for the E1 area, which covers an area that links the city of Jerusalem with the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim.

If built, the controversial plan would prevent territorial contiguity between the northern and southern West Bank, making it difficult for a future Palestinian state to function.

In the beginning of his term, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the Obama administration a commitment that Israel would not build in the area. Both of his predecessors, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert, also promised the U.S. administration that Israel would not build in E1.

The source said Israel would advance building plans for another several thousand housing units in settlement blocs in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, while weighing additional measures.

He added that the construction would be carried out according to the map of Israel’s strategic interests.

In a historic session of the United Nations in New York Thursday, exactly 65 years after passing the Partition Plan for Palestine, the General Assembly voted by a huge majority to recognize Palestine within the 1967 borders as a non-member state with observer status in the organization. Some 138 countries voted in favor of the resolution, 41 abstained and 9 voted against: Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, U.S., Panama, The Marshall Islands, Palau, Nauru, and Micronesia.

Following the vote, U.S. UN envoy Susan Rice said the resolution does not establish Palestine as state, that it prejudges the outcome of negotiations, and ignores questions of security.

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I cannot improve upon the verdict of Sean Matgamna (about the Mavi Marmara massacre, but equally applicable to this latest act of brutality and folly):

“An impersonator who looks like the country’s leader murders him, takes his place, and thereafter deliberately leads the state to defeat and catastrophe. That was the plot of a Hollywood film I saw long ago.

“Sometimes it is almost tempting to think up some such tale to account for Israel’s behaviour – to conclude that a bitter enemy of the Jewish state and of its best immediate and long-term interests has somehow got control in Jerusalem and works relentlessly to undermine Israel.

“The self-righteous but too often senseless eternal prattle about “terrorists” with which the Israeli governments respond to criticisms only adds an extra element of repulsiveness to Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.”

12 Comments

  1. Pinkie said,

    “Netanyahu jeopardizes Israel’s future”

    Well, there’s a thing.

    • Halil Abu Jabar said,

      ‘Haaretz’ is a very lefty newspaper. It was very expected to see things from the left angel of the stage. Most of the Israelis think that Israel should hit harder the Islamic terrorists in Gaza, take control of some areas in the WB and annex them to Israel, and that the Europe is an old dude that should shut up its mouth or be inflicted with Islamic contra rage!!!! What the Europeans stick their heads into the Palestinian problem? Don’t they have enough problems in their ill continent?

  2. Sarah AB said,

    Yes, on balance I supported the statehood bid – and don’t welcome the settlement construction news either.

  3. Tom said,

    The UN resolution will lead to nowhere if Israel doesn’t cooperate with the Palestinian leaders. I was surprised that my country joined the US in its initiative to prevent Palestine from obtaining the non-member observer state status. Here in Canada, we appreciate Jewish culture, the Jewish Film Festival was one of the most advertised events in Vancouver last month and there are many other opportunities to celebrate the Jewish traditions but it doesn’t mean we always have to take Israel’s side and the future of the Palestinian people should also be our preoccupation.

    • Halil Abu Jabar said,

      What about the future of the Afghan people? Do you mean that you eger to send Canadian troop to fight for the Palestinians?

  4. Babz Badasbab Rahman said,

    Netanyahu is insane, he needs to get with the times. The politics of the region and indeed the world are changing and if Israel is to feel safe it needs to start implementing UNSC 242 pronto. Yes it will have to dismantle most of the settlements in the West Bank and give up East Jerusalem but if it carries on with it’s aggressive stance which has in the past served it well, Israel may not last another 100 years.

    • Halil Abu Jabar said,

      Sure….. There is a brave western leader that knows very well about Muslims. Is that makes him insane? I see it as honor and wisdom/ UNSC 242 DOESN’T talk on Israel withrawal from ALL territories!Israel has the right to annex some of territories according to 242 resolusion. We as modern and modest Arabs should support the security of Israel because Israel is the leading edge of modernity in the ME! We have interst in Israel success and much influentional power over the other regimes there.
      Lets Bless Israel!

  5. Ben said,

    Your opposition to Jewish settlement in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is contrary to established principles of international law, denies the historically-derived rights of Israelis, and ignores the equity and natural justice due to Israel and its citizens.

    These are areas which were legally part of the territory of the Palestine mandate, and which were recognized as the Jewish homeland by the League of Nations mandate and designated by it for Jewish settlement. These are areas where there has historically been an important Jewish presence, from time immemorial, and which are the center of Jewish spiritual and national life; in East Jerusalem the was a Jewish majority already in the 19th century. And these are areas from which the Jewish presence was completely liquidated, mainly by acts of criminality perpetrated by the British-officered Arab Legion in 1948.

    Any two-state solution should have a Jewish-majority Israeli state and an Arab-majority Palestinian state living side by side in peace. This is completely compatible with Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

    But the two-state solution that the Arabs envisage would create a purely Arab Judenrein Palestinian state. And it would leave an Israeli state that today has 1.6 million Arab citizens, and which would be obliged to take in millions of descendents of former Arab residents who left during the fighting in 1948. Yet it was the Palestine Arabs and the Arab states who started the conflict 3 generations ago, with the aim of driving the Jews into the sea. Israel by its courage and bravery defeated the Arab aggressors. The Arab demands are unjust and preposterous, and it is a disgrace that any Westerners support them.

  6. Sarah AB said,

    Ben – Wouldn’t, in practice, the Palestinians (or some of them) be willing to soften on the refugee/return issue? Yes, there is a clear imbalance between Israeli demographics and statements that no Jews/Israelis should remain in a Palestinian state. But Israeli settlements are still having a negative impact on Palestinians in the West Bank. What demands would you not see as unjust and preposterous, precisely?

  7. Alex Ross said,

    Quite a detailed account of how this will impact upon Palestinians and Bedouin…

    http://www.btselem.org/settlements/20121202_e1_human_rights_ramifications

  8. Jim Denham said,

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