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December 19, 2012

Israel gives the go ahead for more expansion in East Jerusalem

  • 3,400 more homes were authorized to be built on Palestinian land in east Jerusalem this morning, following yesterday’s authorization of 1,500 more, leaving just over 1,000 of the planned 6,000 new homes awaiting final authorization. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been largely dismissive of Western criticism of the latest settlement expansion, saying that to a cessation of development in Israel’s capital ”doesn’t make sense.” source
15:06 // 1 year ago
November 30, 2012
This administration — like previous administrations — has been very clear with Israel that these activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton • Discussing Israel’s plan to build new settlements on the West Bank in violation of international law, a decision announced hours after the United Nations voted in favor of giving Palestine de facto statehood. While critical of the newly-announced settlements, Clinton said that the United States would continue to favor Israel in peace talks. “If and when the parties are ready to enter into direct negotiations to solve the conflict, President (Barack) Obama will be a full partner to them,” she said.
22:59 // 1 year ago
September 27, 2011

Israeli officials approve new settlements in principle

  • 1,100 new Israeli settlements may be constructed source

» A tenuous situation: An Israeli planning committee has approved the expansion of the Gilo settlement of East Jerusalem, which has prompted much international concern that the peace process will suffer as a result. “Today’s decision … ignores the Quartet’s [the US, UN, EU and Russia] appeal of last Friday to the parties to refrain from provocative actions,” said a spokesman for UN special coordinator for Mid-East peace Robert Serry. The settlement expansion is still subject to public consultation before final approval.

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16:59 // 3 years ago
January 9, 2011
Hotel Shepherd demolished – along with the Israeli peace process?: Thought of the day – tearing down a hotel in Jerusalem with any sort of sentimental value to Palestinians is probably a very bad idea that might hurt the ongoing peace process. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Hotel Shepherd demolished – along with the Israeli peace process?: Thought of the day – tearing down a hotel in Jerusalem with any sort of sentimental value to Palestinians is probably a very bad idea that might hurt the ongoing peace process. source

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20:36 // 3 years ago