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US Pushes PA Agenda and Tells Israel to Cancel New Gush Etzion Town

Abbas does not have to push agenda because he has the Obama administration is his spokesman.
A general view of the Bat Ain community at Gush Etzion.

A general view of the Bat Ain community at Gush Etzion.
Photo Credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90.

The U.S. State Dept. told Israel Tuesday “to reverse” the decision announced earlier this week to clear the way for a new Jewish town on 400 acres of land near Bethlehem.

State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki also castigated the Netanyahu government even planning an announcement for new homes for Jews in eastern Jerusalem, accusing it of acting “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.”

The American statement totally undermine any pretense that the Obama administration is willing to allow the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government to negotiate and instead is talking for PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who has demanded that Israel cease all activity for Jews in Judea and Samaria and half of Jerusalem that it intends to be part of an independent PA state.

Today was not the first time this week that the United States has objected to the declaration of Givaot, an area in Gush Etzion, as state land, but Psaki’s strong language was virtually an order to the Israeli government.

After having expressed “concern” on Sunday, the absence of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s shuttering in fear, kissing Psaki’s foot and repenting for the ghastly act of laying claim to land that belongs to no one, apparently prompted her to use the sledgehammer Tuesday.

After calling on Israel to change its mind on Gush Etzion, which Abbas and President Barack Obama know very well remain under Israeli sovereignty no matter what, Psaki turned her fury on the audacity of Israel to even consider tampering with Jerusalem.

“We are also very concerned by reports that new settlement and East Jerusalem construction or planning announcements may be issued at any time, including for the sensitive area of (Givat HaMatos) in East Jerusalem,” Psaki added. By stating that ”these steps” are contrary to Israel’s stated goal of negotiating a permanent status agreement with the Palestinians,” she took the issue off the negotiating table.

Her boss, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, has stated several times, as has President Obama, that the United States cannot decide the final status for the Palestinian Authority and Israel. Kerry has made suggestions but never has so boldly told Prime Minister Netanyahu to play by American rules, which change with the wind.

Psaki called the Israel announcements “unilateral steps that undermine the prospects for a negotiated two-state solution.” By the same logic, every time the Palestinian Authority builds a home in Judea and Samaria or in areas of Jerusalem it claims, it is a “unilateral action.”

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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36 Responses to “US Pushes PA Agenda and Tells Israel to Cancel New Gush Etzion Town”

  1. I am a lifelong Democrat, and if I vote it has always been that, nor will I ever vote republican. I voted for Obama twice. I have defended him many times on pages like this. Obama can go to hell.

  2. Eva Perl says:

    NO, don´t listen to Obama, he does not care about Israel. No canceling.

  3. Eva Perl says:

    Whatever Israel is up to it does not matter, the arabs want to kill ALL of us, whatever

  4. Screw Abbas and Obama admin

  5. Ilan Haran says:

    The the USA can stop building in ‘Occupied Hi, Puerto Rico, TX, NM, CO, NV, AZ, CA’! The cheek of Sheik Obama …

  6. America will pay dearly for their treatment of Israel.

  7. In the meantime, it is ISIS and other terrorist organizations that the U.S. should be putting their effort (action) and words into, not ISRAEL. Another American journalist murdered by ISIS, and Obama wants Israel not to further establish security for themselves? What a ****ed up world.

  8. In the meantime, it is ISIS and other terrorist organizations that the U.S. should be putting their effort (action) and words into, not ISRAEL. Another American journalist murdered by ISIS, and Obama wants Israel not to further establish security for themselves? What a ****ed up world.

  9. In the meantime, it is ISIS and other terrorist organizations that the U.S. should be putting their effort (action) and words into, not ISRAEL. Another American journalist murdered by ISIS, and Obama wants Israel not to further establish security for themselves? What a ****ed up world.

  10. Kathy Kupfer says:

    Can u imagine Obama still trying to push Israel around. Doesn’t he know that the world thinks he is a fool?

  11. Kathy Kupfer says:

    Obama, pay attention to our borders. Don’t look what’s in someone else’s pot.

  12. Kathy Kupfer says:

    Obama, pay attention to our borders. Don’t look what’s in someone else’s pot.

  13. Kathy Kupfer says:

    Obama, pay attention to our borders. Don’t look what’s in someone else’s pot.

  14. This administration has no right to tell Israel what it can/cannot do. Obama has created such discord in our own country, been wrong in every decision, has affected world safety, we can only hope to repair the damage once he’s gone.

  15. This administration has no right to tell Israel what it can/cannot do. Obama has created such discord in our own country, been wrong in every decision, has affected world safety, we can only hope to repair the damage once he’s gone.

  16. This administration has no right to tell Israel what it can/cannot do. Obama has created such discord in our own country, been wrong in every decision, has affected world safety, we can only hope to repair the damage once he’s gone.

  17. I’m glad that there’s someone to tell us what to do…how did we we manage for the last, 5,000 years…

  18. Is Obama a Hamas sleeper? Was he planted to become President and his goal is to destroy Israel. Laugh if you want but isn’t that exactly what he is doing? Is there a grassy knoll near any of the golf courses?

  19. Andrea Okon says:

    OKEY finally they are showing their poker cards now. Well this is what they wanted from the very begining devide Israel in half and give the Palestinians what they wanted. They killed three jewish kids. They also killed one palestinian kid, their own. So the question is: are we going to give them what they want, or are we going to fight back? BTW if they regain Gush Etzion they will know that every time they want anything Daddy Obama is going to get it for them. So are we going to fight back? are we going to let him do whatever he wants?

  20. JoAnn Morris says:

    Stand Strong, Bibi…Obama is in over his head.

  21. Obama is a Moslem puppet. And a traitor to the US

  22. Obama is nothing but a snake with his lackey Kerry traitors

  23. Obama turned out to be a real disappointment .

  24. Darcy Lagana says:

    I think it’s just bad timing. I support Israel 100% but the Americans are trying to think up a strategy at this time to fight all 7 other places. We just don’t have time to fight that one too. We need to help protect from Isis. Israel is their target. They’ve made that clear. And surrounded you. Going into building at this time would only distract from the issue that needs dealt with.

  25. nothing new….same ol same ol. just ignore the static.

  26. At the rate he’s going unless he/Obama repents he no doubt will be there….according to Hashem of Heaven’s Word!

  27. Well hello again JoAnn…

    You wouldn’t happened to be JUDGING now would you be dear…I mean afteral,didn’t you just accuse someone else on another Post for so-called judging….hmmmmm. whats the word they use?….. o yeah thats what it is HYPOCRITE!

  28. America and the State department should keep their noses and comments about Israel to themselves. IT IS NOT THEIR BUSINESS IF ISRAEL WANTS TO BUILD IN ISRAEL. Jerusalem MUST NEVER be divided, it is the capitol of Israel, and has been so for over 3000 years. Likewise Judea and Samaria also belong to the land of Israel and should remain so.

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