Friday, September 4, 2009

Words Games Continue. Isr is "in", Pal is "out"

Here we go again. Will the Obama administration advance over the "deeply regret" phase popularized by Dubya? Where is courage? How long do we play games and hide behind "words" that are meaningless? Our paper Tiger has no bite. Is is time for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions? As in a beginning stage. Even to make public that the US is THINKING about BDS? JRK

Israeli plan for settlement building angers US
By STEVEN GUTKIN, Associated Press Writer Steven Gutkin, Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM – Israel said Friday it will construct hundreds of new housing units in West Bank settlements before any slowdown in building, an announcement that drew harsh criticism from Washington, which demands a complete settlement freeze as a prelude to renewing Mideast peace talks.

Israeli officials painted the move as a concession to the U.S. demand because it might bring a temporary halt to other construction. But since it would also mean building the new units and finishing some 2,500 others now under construction, it looked more like defiance than acquiescence.

Israel's proposal also does not include any freeze in building in east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians hope to make their future capital.

The Obama administration's response did not mince words.

"We regret the reports of Israel's plans to approve additional settlement construction," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement Friday. "As the president has said before, the United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement expansion and we urge that it stop."

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