M: "Israel has no sovereignty over the Palestinian territories. It simply maintains its occupation through military force." No, Maki, the claim is even worse than that i.e. the official isn't claiming that Israel can build in the territories BECAUSE Israel has sovereignty over that territory. He is claiming Israel can build there because - wait for it! - Israel is a sovereign nation and sovereign nations can do whatever they f**king well like, and anyone who doesn't like that can go jump. M: "The settlements are illegal by international law." And this official would reply with: Go jump, coz we are a sovereign nation and we can do whatever we decide we want to do. It's a fantastic insight into the unbridled arrogance of your typical zionist govt official, ESPECIALLY when the country he is telling to go screw itself is Israel's Only Friend. Gonna go over REAAAAAL well in Washington, I suspect.
Islamic State militants blow up ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra (Reuters)
from the article: Officials: Israel to allow construction in existing W. Bank settlements