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Israel accuses US of backing European settlement backlash

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/...

Britain, France, Sweden, Spain and Denmark all summoned Israeli envoys on Tuesday to protest over the settlement plans, while Germany and the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, denounced it.

The newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, quoted unnamed Israeli diplomats as saying the outcry could not have occurred without the complicity of the Obama administration, which has profound differences with Mr Netanyahu over settlements.

“We would not be mistaken to say that Europe was acting with Washington’s encouragement,” the paper’s commentator, Shimon Shiffer wrote. “The White House authorised Europe to pounce on the Netanyahu government and to punish it.”

One Israeli official told the Daily Telegraph that while the US was unlikely to have ordered such a move, it may have signalled approval.

“It’s more likely that they [the Americans] have been informed and have not raised any objection, but also showed some understanding and maybe even more,” he said. “There’s probably an understanding between the US and the Europeans that this is the right thing to do at this point.”

The former US ambassador to Israel, Dan Kurtzer, accused Mr Netanyahu of unveiling plans to develop the previously off-limits E1 section of the West Bank to punish President Barack Obama for failing to endorse a previous American-Israeli understanding that many settlements would remain despite any future peace deal. “It wasn’t just retribution at the UN, it was retribution at the US as well,” he told the liberal Haaretz newspaper.

William Hague, the foreign secretary, dismissed the possibility of European Union sanctions against Israel but said other measures could be applied.

“If there is no reversal of the decision that has been announced, we will want to consider what further steps European countries should take,” he said.

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A good analysis of the situation is here:

A good analysis of the situation is here: http://www.roitov.com/articles/dispute.htm

The plan to build 3000 homes in E1 is not new and has been rolled out by Netanyahu for political reasons related to the election campaign presently underway. The diplomatic brouhaha is political theatre and a distraction.

Two more meaningful actions have been the withholding of tax revenues by the Israeli government and the adoption by the Cabinet on Sunday December 2, 2012 of the Edmond Levy Report. This informally annexes the West Bank without actually announcing it. The official position is that the Land is not "occupied" but rather "disputed" territory. It reminds one of the Israeli position on possessing nuclear weapons they call "constructive ambiguity".

The fundamental non-negotiable position of the Likud is that the entire Land of Israel belongs to the Jews. The fundamental non-negotiable position of Hamas is that the entire Land of Palestine (the same land mass) belongs to the Palestinians.

With the support it must be said of the majority of Israelis, all the provocation, warmongering and legal chicanery of the past 65 years has resulted in Israel realising its goals inch by inch, slice by slice, the "salami method". This has not resulted in the Palestinians giving up the the fight and leaving the Land much to the chagrin of the "warring family". It has only made them even more resolute in their determination to resist.

Events are now reaching boiling point and will result in a final war that has already been surreptitiously declared by the Israeli Cabinet by their adopting the Levy Report. There can be only one end to this insanity and that is complete destruction of the Land and Jerusalem and the nations of Israel and Palestine. That way there will be no winners, only losers.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)

http://www.rachelcorrie.org/

just don't stand in front of the dozers..
unlike the chinese, they won't stop.