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President Obama supervises a building freeze for Jews in Judea and Samaria.

The State Dept. insists that its anti-settlement policy is not dependent on President Barack Obama and will continue even after he leaves the White House in January 2017.

Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told high school students this week in Gush Etzion, which the United States considers “illegal,” that the  Obama Administration “won’t be around forever” and that Israel will resume building for Jews in Judea and Samaria once he is gone as president.


He apparently thinks Hillary Clinton won’t succeed Obama.

Ya’alon has a habit of saying what he thinks before he thinks. Earlier this year, he was quoted as stating in “private” remarks that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is “obsessed ‘and has a Messianic complex when it comes to the “Peace Process.”

He didn’t bother to think that his remarks to the high school students this week would be quoted, but maybe it is better off to give the White House a not so gentle reminder that it is going to have to fight hard in the Israeli election campaign if it wants to get rid of people like Ya’alon, who don’t take orders from Washington., which thinks otherwise.

“This Administration’s opposition to settlements is fully consistent with the policies of administrations for decades, including of both parties. So the notion that would change is not borne out by history,” State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at Wednesday’s press question and answer session,

She agreed that Obama will be out of office in two years, pending a sudden change in the U.S. Constitution, and the next administration is not going to change anything regarding the audacity of Israel to build homes for Jews in half of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, where it had been doing so for more than 40 years before President Obama blew in with the wind.

Previous administrations, contrary to what Psaki says, never have been called Jews “illegitimate” for living in areas of Jerusalem that the Palestinian Authority, with the backing of the State Dept. thinks is their God-given property.

Ya’alon notwithstanding, Israel will be stuck with American opposition to Jews living within Israel’s borders that the United States determines, according to Psaki.

It is unusual for a State Dept. spokesperson to predict what future administrations will determine.

Maybe she knows something that no one knows, but it is more likely that her comments give testament to an attempt to make the State Dept.’s long-standing pro-Arab policy part of the White House Bible.


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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.


  1. We Jew's have our own country and like all other countries on planet earth, we must do what is right for OUR PEOPLE. The UN did not invent Israel. We were here 4,000 years ago. The UN invented several Arab countries, especially the "Palestinian" authority. Maybe it will take hundreds of years, but eventually, the world will see we Jew's are here to stay in Israel.

  2. The USA has a Constitution which incorporates the anglo-american treaty which is the Palestine Mandate verbatim. It has never been repealed. The State Department is therefore acting unconstitutionally.

  3. Who asks State Department? They have always been anti-Semites, like during WW2 when they did not let Jews to enter USA. Israel is not an America's serve – mind your own business! Israel did do and will build on its own land, which is unfortunately occupied by Arabs.

  4. dont vote for hillary she said many times F the JEWS!!
    fortunately for me i wont live to see the traitor in chief
    leave the wh .
    BUT…. if you see him trip on the way out the door that will be me giving him a good swift kick in the butt out the door
    on Israels behalf <3 along with anytime you see him trip
    after you no longer see me commenting on his CRAPCAPADES
    that will be me as well <3

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