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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
December 18, 2012

Israel is set to drastically expand its Palestinian settlements

  • 6,000 new homes will be built in the latest confirmed expansion of Israeli settlements into Palestinian territory, despite widespread condemnation of the decision by many Western powers.
  • 1,500 of the homes were given preliminary approval by the Israeli Interior Ministry on Monday, virtually guaranteeing that construction will begin in the very near future. Many suspect that the move is in direct retaliation to a UN vote to recognize the sovereignty of Palestine earlier this month, and top Israeli officials have gone on record to say they “removed [settlement] restrictions” as a result of the vote. source
16:41 // 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
July 29, 2012
Make no mistake, the ayatollahs in Iran are testing our moral defenses. They want to know who will object and who will look the other way. We will not look away nor will our country ever look away from our passion and commitment to Israel.
Mitt Romney • Making a statement in Jerusalem regarding his, and the United States’, commitment to the country.  He emphasized during his speech that Jerusalem was Israel’s capital, and that ”we recognize Israel’s right to defend itself.” Romney is on a multi-stop international trip this week, having previously stopped in Britain ahead of the Olympic games. Next stop? Poland.
13:42 // 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 // 2 years ago
May 29, 2011

Amid divisions, Israel investing lots of money to improve Jerusalem

  • $100 million to keep Jerusalem an “undivided capital” source

» Israel’s long-term plan: While Obama continues to push Israel to return to their 1967 borders, Prime Minister Benjamain Netanyahu has plans for the capital, now a single piece thanks to the Six-Day War, which changed those borders. ”The city was united 44 years ago,” he noted, “and we returned to our ancestral lands. Since then Jerusalem has flourished.” The multi-year package would increase funding for tourism, education grants and also give bio-technology companies incentives to work in the long-divided city.

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13:33 // 2 years ago
May 22, 2011
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Developing: An aircraft with over 270 passengers is attempting to land in Israel after the plane developed a technical fault in the left wheel. More than 70 ambulances are standing by at Ben Guiron Airport. The aircraft was en route to New York City. [Jerusalem Post]

Let’s hope that none of these ambulances are actually needed.

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Developing: An aircraft with over 270 passengers is attempting to land in Israel after the plane developed a technical fault in the left wheel. More than 70 ambulances are standing by at Ben Guiron Airport. The aircraft was en route to New York City. [Jerusalem Post]

Let’s hope that none of these ambulances are actually needed.

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22:16 // 2 years ago
March 23, 2011

Shrapnel bomb rocks Jerusalem bus stop this morning

  • four years since a bomb was last set off in Jerusalem
  • 24 people injured, as the bomb shot out shrapnel
  • one person killed in the incident, an Israeli source

» The old tension beginning to boil again: This bomb attack comes on the heels of rocket and mortar attacks launched from Gaza on Wednesday, which wounded one person. That attack was called retaliation by some Palestinians, in response to Israeli air strikes that killed eight people, amongst them three children. So, basically, this is all (still) shot to hell, and with Israeli/Palestinian peace talks having fallen apart last year, it’s anybody’s guess what the future holds for this most bloody and depressing of conflicts.

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14:55 // 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
November 9, 2010
Jerusalem is not a settlement. It is the capital of the state of Israel. Israel sees no connection between the diplomatic process and the planning and building policy in Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu • Explaining why Israel will continue to build settlements in disputed areas of Jerusalem and the West Bank despite rebukes from the U.S. for its latest settlement-building schemes. Just hours before, Obama criticized Israel for its actions like so: “This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations, and I’m concerned that we’re not seeing each side make that extra effort involved to get a breakthrough. Each of these incremental steps end up breaking trust.” source (viafollow)
21:08 // 3 years ago