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Arab construction workers are usually involved in building the homes for both Jews and Arabs.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has slammed what he called a “deliberate” attempt by the leftist Peace Now movement to sabotage his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

The group publicly recycled stale news about a Jerusalem housing project in the southern part of the capital that had already won its initial approval in 2011, with its final processing and approval signed last week. Such projects are frowned upon by the international community, including the United States. The news “leak” was timed to coincide with Netanyahu’s meeting at the White House.

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“This is irresponsibility on the international level – for some element to publish a statutory plan in order to sabotage a very important meeting that dealt with the Iranian nuclear program, our basic security questions and Islamic State (ISIS),” Netanyahu said in an interview with Amit Segal on Israel’s Channel 2 News, to be aired after the Yom Kippur holiday.

The announcement of 2,610 new building tenders in Jerusalem’s Givat Hamatos neighborhood was greeted with a harsh condemnation by the State Department, which labeled the project “poison.” Spokesperson Jen Psaki claimed the new homes in southern Jerusalem would “poison the atmosphere not only with the Palestinians but also with the very Arab governments with which Prime Minister Netanyahu said he wanted to build relations, and call into question Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.”

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, meanwhile, also slammed ‘Peace Now’ for its attempt to sabotage the prime minister’s meeting at the White House over the issue, and underscored the group’s foreign ties. Peace Now, a worthless organization whose budget mostly comes from foreign sources, leaked the news the same day as the prime minister’s meeting with the president of the United States in order to poison the atmosphere,” Katz charged.

Likewise, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat rejected the condemnations and instead said the construction in the holy city was “essential, important and will continue with full force.” He added that he will “not freeze construction for anyone” in Israel’s capital. “Discrimination based on religion, race or gender is illegal in the United States and in any other civilized country,” Barkat said.

“[The] 2,600 apartments in Givat HaMatos that we approved two years ago will enable more young people from all sectors and religions to live in Jerusalem and build their future here, thereby strengthening the capital of Israel. We will not apologize for that.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

5 COMMENTS

  1. This is our city. We were the major population group for most of the history of our capital. As recenly as the early years of the 20th century ,we out numbered Arabs and Moslems in general by a ratio of 8:1 . This changed after two wars and migration of Arabs from other areas ,and continued" Moslemification "of city under Jordanian control. Who in the hell is Obama and the European powers to tell us what we can build in our own city.???

  2. Jerusalem quiz!!
    9 questions and 1 conclusion.
    Pls reply to the questions and make your own conclusion.

    1:How many times Jerusalem is mentioned in the Jewish Bible and how many times in the Qur'an?
    -In the Old Testament Jerusalem is mentioned 457 times.
    -In the Qur'an Jerusalem doesn’t exist at all.

    2: Why the Jerusalem story was invented by the Damascus -based Umayyad Caliphs ?
    Damascus rulers were so immoral that the Muslim leaders from Mecca forbidden the access of people under their rule to the Mecca.
    They invented the story about the Muhammad dream and Jerusalem (that doesn't exist in Quran) as a pilgrim replacement place to Mecca.
    After the access to Mecca was possible, once again Jerusalem didn’t pay any role for Umayyas ruled Arabs.

    3;To which direction of Muslims and Jews are praying worldwide?
    -The Muslims face Mecca.
    -The Jews face Jerusalem.

    4; Do the Muslims and Jews pray for Jerusalem?
    -Muslims ceremonies don’t include Jerusalem.
    -The Israelis, for the last 2700 years pray,celebrate in ceremonies such weddings and bar mitzvah-""next year in Jerusalem""
    No other capital worldwide has a parallel tradition.

    5: How Jerusalem is covered by Islamic and Jewish literature?
    “Unfortunately,there is no Islamic literature on the subject""
    * Dr. Ismail Raji al-Faruqi referred to the absence of Jerusalem:
    *Jerusalem, for the last 2700 years is covered in thousands of Jewish books, poems and songs"

    6: Was Jerusalem ever being a capital of a Muslim country?
    1,300 years of Muslim Arab rule,Jerusalem was never the capital of an Arab entity.

    7:Did the Palestinians required Egypt and Jordan to form a Palestinian state in the West bank and Gaza with Jerusalem as the capital while the areas where conquered by them after the 1947 attack on the nesting Israel?
    *No-they didn’t required!
    Palestine Liberation Organization’s started the demand to control Jerusalem only after Israel regained control of East Jerusalem in 1967.

    7: How Jerusalem was described by visiting Western writers?
    Jerusalem had been so neglected by Islamic rulers that writers who visited Jerusalem were moved to write about it.
    French writer Gustav Flaubertfound “ruins everywhere” during his visit in 1850.
    Mark Twain wrote in 1857 that Jerusalem had “become a pauper village.”

    8: Population of Jerusalem until 1945
    Year —- %Jews
    1714 —- 70
    1844— 45.9
    1896 —- 61.9
    1931—- 56.6
    1945 —- 60.4

    9: How Christians, Jews, Muslims of Jerusalem were treated under Jordanian government?
    *1948-1967,Jordan sought to alter the demographics and landscape of the city to enhance its Muslim character.
    *All Jewish residents were expelled.
    *Access of Jews to the holy welling wall was forbidden.
    *Jewish holy sites were damaged. 58 synagogues were desecrated or demolished in the Old City.
    *Jerusalem Mount olive cemetery used by Jews continuously for the last 3000 years was badly damaged.
    The Jordanians uprooted and damaged 38,000 tombstones some from the First Temple Period and four roads were paved through the cemeteries
    *Jordan’s restrictive laws on Christian institutions led to a dramatic decline in the holy city’s Christian population–31,330 in 1945 to 11,000 1967
    (Under Israel government to Christian population grow from 11.000 in 1968 to 15.000 in 2013)

    10:Conclusion:
    Arabs Jerusalem story was born in sin, without any cultural connection to Arab culture, never was a capital of a Muslim state, totally negated and during the history it is used only as a temporary political tool!

  3. ""It is my way or no way""
    This should be the slogan of the political organization, like""Peace Now"".
    They failed to get support by the over helming Israeli majority in the democratic system.
    They are trying to impose over the Israelis their view using the international media and foreign countries intervention.
    What they don’t understand is that by doing so they are alienated by the Israeli public every time they are using foreigners to impose their ideas.

  4. Israeli legislators have had ample opportunity to close down all foreign sponsored NGO's and they have not done so. When that happens, then maybe we will be successful to stop foreign intervention and circumvention of our democratic process here in Israel. These groups and their paid employees are shameless traitors, and do not represent the will of the people of Israel. They are all shills for our enemies.

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