Netanyahu to Obama: Mind Your Own Business!
Posted by terres on May 25, 2009
“We’re only following G_d’s orders [sic.]” —Israel
Netanyahu defies “spineless Obama” on Israeli settlement freeze [on “divine technicality”]
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu says settlements in the occupied West Bank will be allowed to expand.
When Mr Netanyahu’s visited the US last week, he was told by President Barack Obama that all settlement activity must end, a message he has chosen to ignore.
“Israel has sanctioned 121 settlements over the years and Jewish settlers have put up an estimated 100 outposts since the early 1990s.” BBC reported.
“Netanyahu’s defiant stance set the stage for a possible showdown with President Barack Obama, who, in talks with the new Israeli prime minister in Washington last week, pressed for a halt to all settlement activity, including natural growth, as called for under a long-stalled peace ‘road map.'” Reuters said.
“Half a million Jews live in settlement blocs and smaller outposts built in the West Bank and Arab East Jerusalem, all territory captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War.”
Palestinians regard the illegal occupation by the settlers “as a land grab meant to deny them a state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.”
“The demand for a total stop to building is not something that can be justified and I don’t think that anyone here at this table accepts it,” Netanyahu told his cabinet, referring to Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Reuters reporetd an official as saying.
“A senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Netanyahu’s government hoped to sidestep U.S. pressure by committing to uproot smaller hilltop outposts built without official authorization, a step also set by the road map.” Reuters said.
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