White House: Israeli settlement plan 'counterproductive'

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    Chicago Tribune

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday a new Israeli settlement expansion plan was "counterproductive" and could make it harder to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

    "We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and East Jerusalem construction and announcements," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

    Israel plans to build thousands of new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, an Israeli official said earlier, defying a U.N. vote that implicitly recognized Palestinian statehood there.

    The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative government had authorized the construction of 3,000 housing units.

    "We believe these actions are counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations or achieve of a two state solution," Vietor said. "Direct negotiations remain our goal and we encourage all parties to take steps to make that easier to achieve." :cool:
     
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    I wonder when the world can stop Israel from building these illegal settlements. :cool:
     
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    LOL! I know that, I was actually gonna bold that and write "really Washington?"

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    Did Israel give up Gaza in '05 for peace or so Hamas would have a closer launching pad?
     
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    Well, thanks to this latest UN move, now that there is no party in the West Bank to negotiate with any longer, Israel can just go ahead and annex ancient Judeah and Samaria, and invite all it's citizens to move there.
     
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    Yeah....with your mentality......:cool:
     
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    For peace? LOL........do you know anything works? Did Israel abide by the Olso agreements? What about the deal they were supposed to abide by with Gaza that Jimmy Carter enforced? Did Israel do their part in allowing a 100 trucks of goods into Gaza rather then 10? :cool:
     
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    There is no facepalm big enough to describe these two responses
     
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    The WH is correct that the only path to a peaceful two state solution is through direct negotiations, and if serious negotiations were going on or even if there were a reasonable chance they might start soon, this construction project might be seen as counterproductive, but since there is no possibility of such negotiations any time in the foreseeable future, there is no sense win which it can be seen as counterproductive.

    As long as Abbas continues to compete with Hamas in a Who Hates Israel the Most contest, Netanyahu will have a free hand to accelerate construction in the West Bank because Abbas' actions have all but destroyed support for left and left center parties that support the recognition of a Palestinian state. The only way to slow down construction in the West Bank now is for Abbas to come to the negotiating table and make realistic proposals for a final settlement. This would revive belief among Israelis that a negotiated peaceful two state solution is possible - fewer than one in five Israelis now believe it is - and put pressure on Netanyahu to slow down construction, but as long as Abbas continues to talk about Israel while refusing to talk to Israel, there will be no serious opposition to accelerated construction in the West Bank.
     
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    Construction projects that are approved by the Israeli government are in no sense illegal regardless of whether they are being built by Palestinian Arabs or Israeli Jews.
     
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