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US ‘shocked’ by new settlement plan

Posted By admin On December 2, 2012 @ 5:33 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Ynet [1]
Dec 2, 2012

The Israeli approval of 3,000 new housing units [2] in east Jerusalem and the West Bank came as a shock to the US administration, the New York Times reported Saturday.

The Americans were particularly angry at the decision to pursue “preliminary zoning and planning preparations” for a development on the segment connecting the town of Ma’aleh Adumim to Jerusalem (known as area E1) that would separate Ramallah and Bethlehem from Jerusalem and could prevent the creation of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state.

According to the NY Times, the timing of the two actions seemed aimed at punishing the Palestinians for their United Nations bid, which resulted in Palestine being upgraded to the status of a non-member state [3].

The Obama administration rushed to condemn the action, and senior officials expressed their frustration over the fact that the construction decision came after Israeli officials had suggested that they would only employ harsh retaliatory measures if the Palestinians used their new status to turn to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Ynet: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4314175,00.html

[2] 3,000 new housing units: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4313863,00.html

[3] upgraded to the status of a non-member state: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4313633,00.html

[4] Netanyahu: I’m not interested in what UN says about settlement construction: http://www.prisonplanet.com/netanyahu-im-not-interested-in-what-un-says-about-settlement-construction.html

[5] ‘UK considers recalling Israel envoy over settlement plan’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/uk-considers-recalling-israel-envoy-over-settlement-plan.html

[6] Israel announces raft of new settlement homes days ahead of Palestinian peace talks: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israel-announces-raft-of-new-settlement-homes-days-ahead-of-palestinian-peace-talks.html

[7] The REAL Reason for the Assault In Gaza?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-real-reason-for-the-assault-in-gaza.html

[8] Israeli PM Rejects Obama ’1967 Borders’ Plan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israeli-pm-rejects-obama-1967-borders-plan.html

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