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MKs to PM: Stand up to US on J'lem

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Top figures across the political spectrum signed a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Thursday evening, designed to present a wide consensus in support of Jewish neighborhoods beyond the 1967 boundaries of Jerusalem.

The letter, written in advance of the premier’s departure for the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington, called on Netanyahu to stand strong regarding Israeli sovereignty in the Jewish neighborhoods.

Four dozen MKs signed on to the brief letter, stating that “we, the undersigned members of Knesset, who represent different approaches and world-views regarding the desirable permanent-status arrangement, are unified behind the policy of all Israeli governments to this day, regarding our attachment to the historical and national areas of Jerusalem and the right of the State of Israel to actualize our control in its Jewish neighborhoods in all parts of the city – neighborhoods that constitute an inseparable part of Jerusalem that will remain in our hands in any future permanent status arrangement.

“We support the continuation of building and development in all of the neighborhoods without any restriction or delay,” the letter affirmed.

“The importance of the letter is to strengthen Israel through actualizing its authority over our capital, Jerusalem,” said MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima), who initiated the missive. “This is not meant to oppose our greatest friend, the United States of America, but rather to present through the letter the most basic common consensus in Israeli society, which is the force behind and the key to an agreement on any peace process.”

Schneller said that Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin’s office would present the letter to Netanyahu before the premier left for the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington next week.

Schneller said that 78 of the 120 members of Knesset had already expressed their support for the missive, and that the only parties that had not signed on to the letter or expressed support were the three Arab parties and Meretz.

Thirty of those who did express support – including Rivlin and ministers from Likud, Labor, Israel Beiteinu, Habayit Hayehudi, Shas and UTJ – were prohibited, under Knesset guidelines, from signing on to any petition, due to their positions within the government. Rivlin did, however, include a letter of his own, as did Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Tzahi Hanegbi (Kadima).

MKs to PM: Stand up to US on J'lem
 

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Top figures across the political spectrum signed a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Thursday evening, designed to present a wide consensus in support of Jewish neighborhoods beyond the 1967 boundaries of Jerusalem.

The letter, written in advance of the premier’s departure for the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington, called on Netanyahu to stand strong regarding Israeli sovereignty in the Jewish neighborhoods.

Four dozen MKs signed on to the brief letter, stating that “we, the undersigned members of Knesset, who represent different approaches and world-views regarding the desirable permanent-status arrangement, are unified behind the policy of all Israeli governments to this day, regarding our attachment to the historical and national areas of Jerusalem and the right of the State of Israel to actualize our control in its Jewish neighborhoods in all parts of the city – neighborhoods that constitute an inseparable part of Jerusalem that will remain in our hands in any future permanent status arrangement.

“We support the continuation of building and development in all of the neighborhoods without any restriction or delay,” the letter affirmed.

“The importance of the letter is to strengthen Israel through actualizing its authority over our capital, Jerusalem,” said MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima), who initiated the missive. “This is not meant to oppose our greatest friend, the United States of America, but rather to present through the letter the most basic common consensus in Israeli society, which is the force behind and the key to an agreement on any peace process.”

Schneller said that Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin’s office would present the letter to Netanyahu before the premier left for the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington next week.

Schneller said that 78 of the 120 members of Knesset had already expressed their support for the missive, and that the only parties that had not signed on to the letter or expressed support were the three Arab parties and Meretz.

Thirty of those who did express support – including Rivlin and ministers from Likud, Labor, Israel Beiteinu, Habayit Hayehudi, Shas and UTJ – were prohibited, under Knesset guidelines, from signing on to any petition, due to their positions within the government. Rivlin did, however, include a letter of his own, as did Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Tzahi Hanegbi (Kadima).

MKs to PM: Stand up to US on J'lem

Israel calls them neighborhoods, the rest of the world calls them settlements.
 

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Top figures across the political spectrum signed a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Thursday evening, designed to present a wide consensus in support of Jewish neighborhoods beyond the 1967 boundaries of Jerusalem.

The letter, written in advance of the premier’s departure for the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington, called on Netanyahu to stand strong regarding Israeli sovereignty in the Jewish neighborhoods.

Four dozen MKs signed on to the brief letter, stating that “we, the undersigned members of Knesset, who represent different approaches and world-views regarding the desirable permanent-status arrangement, are unified behind the policy of all Israeli governments to this day, regarding our attachment to the historical and national areas of Jerusalem and the right of the State of Israel to actualize our control in its Jewish neighborhoods in all parts of the city – neighborhoods that constitute an inseparable part of Jerusalem that will remain in our hands in any future permanent status arrangement.

“We support the continuation of building and development in all of the neighborhoods without any restriction or delay,” the letter affirmed.

“The importance of the letter is to strengthen Israel through actualizing its authority over our capital, Jerusalem,” said MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima), who initiated the missive. “This is not meant to oppose our greatest friend, the United States of America, but rather to present through the letter the most basic common consensus in Israeli society, which is the force behind and the key to an agreement on any peace process.”

Schneller said that Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin’s office would present the letter to Netanyahu before the premier left for the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington next week.

Schneller said that 78 of the 120 members of Knesset had already expressed their support for the missive, and that the only parties that had not signed on to the letter or expressed support were the three Arab parties and Meretz.

Thirty of those who did express support – including Rivlin and ministers from Likud, Labor, Israel Beiteinu, Habayit Hayehudi, Shas and UTJ – were prohibited, under Knesset guidelines, from signing on to any petition, due to their positions within the government. Rivlin did, however, include a letter of his own, as did Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Tzahi Hanegbi (Kadima).

MKs to PM: Stand up to US on J'lem

Israel calls them neighborhoods, the rest of the world calls them settlements.

The rest of the world is as ignorant as you, fool. Jews live in neighborhoods established under international law. Arabs live in illegal settlements on land they are occupying.

You are the Forum Dunce.
 

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Top figures across the political spectrum signed a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Thursday evening, designed to present a wide consensus in support of Jewish neighborhoods beyond the 1967 boundaries of Jerusalem.

The letter, written in advance of the premier’s departure for the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington, called on Netanyahu to stand strong regarding Israeli sovereignty in the Jewish neighborhoods.

Four dozen MKs signed on to the brief letter, stating that “we, the undersigned members of Knesset, who represent different approaches and world-views regarding the desirable permanent-status arrangement, are unified behind the policy of all Israeli governments to this day, regarding our attachment to the historical and national areas of Jerusalem and the right of the State of Israel to actualize our control in its Jewish neighborhoods in all parts of the city – neighborhoods that constitute an inseparable part of Jerusalem that will remain in our hands in any future permanent status arrangement.

“We support the continuation of building and development in all of the neighborhoods without any restriction or delay,” the letter affirmed.

“The importance of the letter is to strengthen Israel through actualizing its authority over our capital, Jerusalem,” said MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima), who initiated the missive. “This is not meant to oppose our greatest friend, the United States of America, but rather to present through the letter the most basic common consensus in Israeli society, which is the force behind and the key to an agreement on any peace process.”

Schneller said that Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin’s office would present the letter to Netanyahu before the premier left for the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington next week.

Schneller said that 78 of the 120 members of Knesset had already expressed their support for the missive, and that the only parties that had not signed on to the letter or expressed support were the three Arab parties and Meretz.

Thirty of those who did express support – including Rivlin and ministers from Likud, Labor, Israel Beiteinu, Habayit Hayehudi, Shas and UTJ – were prohibited, under Knesset guidelines, from signing on to any petition, due to their positions within the government. Rivlin did, however, include a letter of his own, as did Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman Tzahi Hanegbi (Kadima).

MKs to PM: Stand up to US on J'lem

Israel calls them neighborhoods, the rest of the world calls them settlements.

As a practical matter, there are only two opinions that count, Israel's and that of the US. Now that the announcement of the building permits during Biden's visit has raised building in Jerusalem to such a high profile issue, if Netanyahu holds firm and Obama does not take strong measures to force Israel to rescind the permits, as a practical matter the US will have conceded that these are Jewish neighborhoods regardless of what rhetoric the Obama administration may use in the future.
 

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As a practical matter, there are only two opinions that count, Israel's and that of the US. Now that the announcement of the building permits during Biden's visit has raised building in Jerusalem to such a high profile issue, if Netanyahu holds firm and Obama does not take strong measures to force Israel to rescind the permits, as a practical matter the US will have conceded that these are Jewish neighborhoods regardless of what rhetoric the Obama administration may use in the future.

As always with US-Israel politics, Netanyahu will fold. not a lot, but enought to let clinton and obama say they've achieved something. Netanyahu can't possibly rescing the permits completely, so he'll make some kind of compromise. There are already signs of such a compromise (Here).
 

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As a practical matter, there are only two opinions that count, Israel's and that of the US. Now that the announcement of the building permits during Biden's visit has raised building in Jerusalem to such a high profile issue, if Netanyahu holds firm and Obama does not take strong measures to force Israel to rescind the permits, as a practical matter the US will have conceded that these are Jewish neighborhoods regardless of what rhetoric the Obama administration may use in the future.

As always with US-Israel politics, Netanyahu will fold. not a lot, but enought to let clinton and obama say they've achieved something. Netanyahu can't possibly rescing the permits completely, so he'll make some kind of compromise. There are already signs of such a compromise (Here).

I disagree. Obama will fold like a cheap tent.
 
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As a practical matter, there are only two opinions that count, Israel's and that of the US. Now that the announcement of the building permits during Biden's visit has raised building in Jerusalem to such a high profile issue, if Netanyahu holds firm and Obama does not take strong measures to force Israel to rescind the permits, as a practical matter the US will have conceded that these are Jewish neighborhoods regardless of what rhetoric the Obama administration may use in the future.

As always with US-Israel politics, Netanyahu will fold. not a lot, but enought to let clinton and obama say they've achieved something. Netanyahu can't possibly rescing the permits completely, so he'll make some kind of compromise. There are already signs of such a compromise (Here).

Jerusalem is a very different issue from the settlements. If Netanyahu finds support for Israel remains strong in Congress, I suspect he will feint folding rather than fold, so he will agree to delay announcements of new building permits, but he will not agree to slowing down planning for new building in Jerusalem. Perhaps there will be some other gestures such as prisoner releases, and in return Netanyahu will ask for the administration to make stronger statements of condemnation of incitements to violence by the Abbas government as well as from Jordan and Egypt and strong statements of endorsement of whatever "trust building" gestures Israel will make.
 

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As a practical matter, there are only two opinions that count, Israel's and that of the US. Now that the announcement of the building permits during Biden's visit has raised building in Jerusalem to such a high profile issue, if Netanyahu holds firm and Obama does not take strong measures to force Israel to rescind the permits, as a practical matter the US will have conceded that these are Jewish neighborhoods regardless of what rhetoric the Obama administration may use in the future.

As always with US-Israel politics, Netanyahu will fold. not a lot, but enought to let clinton and obama say they've achieved something. Netanyahu can't possibly rescing the permits completely, so he'll make some kind of compromise. There are already signs of such a compromise (Here).

Jerusalem is a very different issue from the settlements. If Netanyahu finds support for Israel remains strong in Congress, I suspect he will feint folding rather than fold, so he will agree to delay announcements of new building permits, but he will not agree to slowing down planning for new building in Jerusalem. Perhaps there will be some other gestures such as prisoner releases, and in return Netanyahu will ask for the administration to make stronger statements of condemnation of incitements to violence by the Abbas government as well as from Jordan and Egypt and strong statements of endorsement of whatever "trust building" gestures Israel will make.

I Agree (I Don't get to say that a lot around here...:eusa_dance:)
 

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As a practical matter, there are only two opinions that count, Israel's and that of the US. Now that the announcement of the building permits during Biden's visit has raised building in Jerusalem to such a high profile issue, if Netanyahu holds firm and Obama does not take strong measures to force Israel to rescind the permits, as a practical matter the US will have conceded that these are Jewish neighborhoods regardless of what rhetoric the Obama administration may use in the future.

As always with US-Israel politics, Netanyahu will fold. not a lot, but enought to let clinton and obama say they've achieved something. Netanyahu can't possibly rescing the permits completely, so he'll make some kind of compromise. There are already signs of such a compromise (Here).

Jerusalem is a very different issue from the settlements. If Netanyahu finds support for Israel remains strong in Congress, I suspect he will feint folding rather than fold, so he will agree to delay announcements of new building permits, but he will not agree to slowing down planning for new building in Jerusalem. Perhaps there will be some other gestures such as prisoner releases, and in return Netanyahu will ask for the administration to make stronger statements of condemnation of incitements to violence by the Abbas government as well as from Jordan and Egypt and strong statements of endorsement of whatever "trust building" gestures Israel will make.

The controversy is manufactured. Obama and Netanyahu originally agreed to a cessation of West Bank construction EXCEPT for Jerusalem. Obama is heightening tensions with Israel in an effort to cement relations with Islamos, who will never cement relations with Sheikh Hussein Obama. His foreign policy is equally misguided to his domestic policy.
 

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