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US Dept. of Hypocrisy

Obama Silent on Plans for New Homes for Jerusalem (Arabs)

Why are new homes for Jews an “obstacle to peace” and homes for Arabs “a step forward in the peace process”?

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Sheikh Jarrah, a predominantly Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem and on the road to Mount Scopus.

Sheikh Jarrah, a predominantly Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem and on the road to Mount Scopus.

Jerusalem’s announcement Wednesday that a new Arab neighborhood for Arabs will be built was met by a thundering silence by the European Union and the United States, which throw a tantrum every time plans are drawn up for a single house for a Jew in parts of the capital claimed by the Palestinian Authority.

The Jerusalem Local Building and Planning Committee approved building 2,200 housing units on 375 acres in the Arav al-Swahara neighborhood.

Approval was secured after pressure by the judicial system, which was approached by a human rights legal council of the Hebrew University. Right-wing activists and Haredi city councilmen previously have blocked the plan, Haaretz reported.

“The planning of neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem by the municipality is a clear expression of Israeli sovereignty over all parts of the city and strengthens the unity of Jerusalem,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

He warned that the city faced a wave of illegal construction and accompanying damage to long-term environmental planning, if it did not act to provide more housing for Arabs.

Barkat’s claim that the new neighborhood will help unify the city will be judged in the future, but the lack of American response is nothing less than another admission that it considers Palestinian Authority demands a “done deal.”

On Sunday, the U.S. State Dept. expressed “concern” over plans for new homes for Jews in Gush Etzion and eastern Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinian Authority, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki went so far as to state on Tuesday that Israel must “reverse” the decision.

Psaki, who apparently thinks she also is Israel’s Housing Minister, said it was “contrary to Israel’s stated goal of negotiating a permanent status agreement with the Palestinians, and it would send a very troubling message if they proceed.”

Kerry then picked up the phone complained to Netanyahu in what has been reported as a very uncordial conversation.

How, pray tell, can building for Jews be an obstacle to a permanent status agreement and building when building for Arabs is not an obstacle?

Any intelligent person, except for those in the Obama administration – and yes, they are very intelligent but equally ignorant – must conclude that President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are lying through their teeth when they claim they are not pushing PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ agenda.

They want “negotiations” by holding Abbas’ hand and standing behind Israel with a diplomatic knife to rip Jerusalem apart and returning to the 1049 Temporary Armistice Lines that the want to be permanent, 47 years after the borders were finally dismantled by the Six-Day War in 1967.

Despite all the criticism, including on these pages, of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for caving in so often to American pressure, it really is a wonder that Israel still is one piece considering the open hypocrisy of the White House and State Dept.

Abbas is well aware of that, so he can expect that his negotiator Saeb Erekat, the one who has quite several times but miraculously doesn’t quit, is enjoying a friendly reception in Washington this week.

He reportedly is bringing with him Abbas’ three-year ”plan, to be read “ultimatum,” that Judea and Samaria and half of Jerusalem be rid of Jews by 2017.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

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  1. Obama silent on everything

  2. Sue Ardave says:

    Who cares what he thinks? Don’t listen to garbage!

  3. Saudi Arabia is going to move Mecca with the tomb of the pervert the Prophet Muhammad. Violence and death will follow no doubt! http://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/saudis-bulldoze-warlord-muhammads-tomb-in-mecca/

  4. Israel has to stop listening to America. Israel can take its own way. God will be before the Israelites, no matter what.

  5. Loren Renee says:

    Typical antisemetic double standard. Even in our own country.

  6. good question to look forward to. but here’s the simple equation : moslem to jews & moslem to christians = hatred & bitterness. moslem to moslem = love & peace. moslem wants the world so badly. in particular, they want Israel, and that means Peace.

  7. Loren Renee says:

    I am normally a preservationist, but I think maybe erasing all traces maybe a good start to erasing this horror he has unleashed on the world.

  8. ISRAEL DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO ! Stop listening to Kerry

  9. Karen Bryant says:

    Because everything with the Arabs is a double standard.

  10. Fritz Young says:

    He doesn’t have anything truthful to say! Seems to cover up or mix up situations? Israel’s plans like this are none of his business!


  12. Don’t fear because they all want u out, but God will save u all, long life Isreal

  13. Mark Rader says:

    Because president zero is a muslim

  14. Cacao Blanc says:

    Obama…stratégie plan…Poor clown

  15. So? Silent are the leaders of the UK, Germany, Canada, Australia, Russia, China, France, Italy and so on and so on also.

  16. because he thinks of his family

  17. Uzi Kattan says:

    Israel needs to stop taking American aid which has too many strings. This is one of the strings.

  18. Dan Summer says:

    Israel do what you want when you want… Ignore our president

  19. It is none of Obama’s business Where Israel builds new homes for it’s citizens. Kick his butt out and run your own nation as you see fit.

  20. Don’t give them NOTHING ! Those rockets that the iron Dome fired cost 200,000 each the war just for the iron dome 500,000,000 dollars ! And they owe Israel for utilities ! Don’t give these ppl nothing! Why is it every where they live , it’s scot free for these 3rd world nut jobs?

  21. Unfortunately I never believed Barack Obama was anti-Semitic and supported his campaigns! Now his true beliefs are evident! He is no ally of Israel and no friend of the Jewish People! He is a disgrace to the U.S.!

  22. Abra Berkson says:

    Obama is the same as nobama. He isn’t part of the picture. I hope this move is because it’s better for Israel as a whole. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

  23. Carole Lucas says:

    Would it not be getter to seek Hashem’s face. He wants to be involved with our lives. His plans are much better than ours.

  24. why why why…clear to see why….we should take all there homes and kick them out of the country not even to risk any thing for them…that’s peace.and peace of mind…and i care not what any thinks…and to feel,feel it alone.

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