Here we go again, vintage Netanyahu..... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Smadar
    • 16.10.10 | 21:42 (IST)

    Okay, the announcement of approval of building tenders for 238, and not 237, units in East Jerusalem, by the PMO of Benjamin Netanyahu, is a metaphorical statement (consistent with his personae btw) that his government is making is that no one should be dictating to the Jewish people what to do with their 3000 year old capital city. We're not disputing this claim, but there are also claims the Palestinians legitimately have to areas of Jerusalem where they've lived for centuries. One must keep in mind that this construction anyways is in areas which are presumed to be exchanged for Israel's retainment should the 1967 borders be adhered to for a peace arrangement. Nevertheless, in my opinion, the reason why Netanyahu is not complying with international requests to completely halt construction and thus enacting a provocative gesture, is because he is appeasing some of his coalition members on the right. The only thing that I can think of which will save the credibility of the present Israeli Government, and the U.S. as an honest broker, will be an announcement agreeing to the 1967 borders with exchanging territories as a number of peace agreements proposed. Let's see what happens.

    from the article: PM's office: Construction plans in East Jerusalem are nothing new
    First published 20:13 16.10.10 | Last updated 20:13 16.10.10
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