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Israel approves new settlement between Jerusalem and Bethlehem
The Guardian ^ | 19 December 2012 | Harriet Sherwood

Posted on 12/19/2012 6:02:24 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

Israel's spate of settlement expansion around Jerusalem has increased again with the approval of 2,612 homes in a move likely to further inflame international criticism of Binyamin Netanyahu's government.

Givat Hamatos, across the pre-1967 Green Line between southern Jerusalem and Bethlehem, will be the first new discrete settlement created since 1997. Critics say it will become part of a chain of settlements in the area, further impeding access between the two biblical cities.

European diplomats in Jerusalem have warned that the construction of Givat Hamatos is a "game-changer" which could destroy the chance of a viable Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. A diplomatic source said the approval of the new settlement was "a devastating development for all those who believe in a two-state solution".

The decision by a Jerusalem planning committee followed an announcement on Monday to build an extra 1,500 homes in the settlement of Ramat Shlomo, and the authorisation by Netanyahu last month of development of a controversial expanse of land near Jerusalem. The latter, known as E1, is considered another "game-changer" by European diplomats.

The moves have attracted growing international censure. The four European members of the United Nations security council were on Wednesday reported to be drawing up a strong joint condemnation of the recent announcements.

The unusual statement, expected this week, from the UK, France, Germany and Portugal is set to follow blunt criticism from the United States on Tuesday. The state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said: "We are deeply disappointed that Israel insists on continuing this pattern of provocative action. These repeated announcements and plans of new construction run counter to the cause of peace. Israel's leaders continually say that they support a path towards a two-state solution yet these actions only put that goal further at risk."

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; Israel; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: france; germany; israel; plugsbiden; portugal; ramatshlomo; unitedkingdom; waronterror

1 posted on 12/19/2012 6:02:26 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Good for Bibi! But when will we see the new homes ? Bibi talks well but does he walk his talk? (It would be 1,000 times better if he just built his country and good homes and communities for his people, and skipped the press announcements about what he “plans” to do).


2 posted on 12/19/2012 6:08:02 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: MinorityRepublican
Can anyone imagine any foreign country giving us crap about building towns between San Antonio and Brownsville?

F the Eurotrash and F the Silica Amish!

Build, Bibi, BUILD!

3 posted on 12/19/2012 6:08:06 PM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The “two-state” solution is dead, and has been for a long time. Israel should declare the whole thing from the Mediterranean to the Jordan border as the State of Israel, and everyone living in it can either live by Israeli law or get the hell out!


4 posted on 12/19/2012 6:09:51 PM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: Behind the Blue Wall

When the jihadist muzzies takeover Jordan, their Palestinian brethren can merge with them into a single state alongside the state of Israel: a true two-state solution.


5 posted on 12/19/2012 6:20:02 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: MinorityRepublican

Zechariah 12


6 posted on 12/19/2012 6:32:39 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: MinorityRepublican

It is ironic how much the world cares where a handful of jews live...


7 posted on 12/19/2012 6:35:39 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Good! Build more. And take back Hebron. It’s ours!


8 posted on 12/19/2012 6:41:00 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: Feckless

Silica Amish...

Had to think about that one for a sec. LOL!


9 posted on 12/19/2012 6:43:48 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

the construction of Givat Hamatos is a “game-changer” which could destroy the chance of a viable Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Works for me.

It is past time for Israel to decide to become the
center of the universe and do what is in Israels
best interest and to hell with the rest of the world.


10 posted on 12/19/2012 6:53:56 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

I might add, a foreign policy we could adopt ourselves
much to OUR benefit.


11 posted on 12/19/2012 6:56:38 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks MinorityRepublican.
...the approval of 2,612 homes in a move likely to further inflame international criticism of Binyamin Netanyahu's government.
Egad! Does this mean the enemies of Israel are going to (gulp) STOP LIKING IT?!?
Critics say it will become part of a chain of settlements in the area, further impeding access between the two biblical cities.
Y'know, because there won't be any roads, and besides, no one wants to risk contact with Joooooooooooooooooos.
European diplomats in Jerusalem have warned that the construction of Givat Hamatos is a "game-changer" which could destroy the chance of a viable Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. A diplomatic source said the approval of the new settlement was "a devastating development for all those who believe in a two-state solution".
Yeah, the Palis were really worried about that too.

Partisan Media Shills ping.


12 posted on 12/19/2012 7:31:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Bethlehem a Jewish city? Where David was from, where Joseph and Mary went to have a son who would be acclaimed as King of the Jews?

Why, everyone knows that’s part of the ancient Palestinian homeland...(sarc/off)


13 posted on 12/19/2012 7:42:27 PM PST by CondorFlight (I)
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To: tet68

There will most likely be a Pali state and a shared Jerusalem - based on the Scripture - hang on when that happens.


14 posted on 12/19/2012 7:43:00 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: tet68

There will most likely be a Pali state and a shared Jerusalem - based on the Scripture - hang on when that happens.


15 posted on 12/19/2012 7:44:30 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: CondorFlight

/bingo


16 posted on 12/19/2012 8:57:12 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: MinorityRepublican

“construction of Givat Hamatos is a “game-changer”

Excellent!


17 posted on 12/20/2012 7:44:42 AM PST by dervish (either the vote was corrupt or the electorate is)
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To: Behind the Blue Wall

Amen


18 posted on 12/20/2012 7:45:55 AM PST by dervish (either the vote was corrupt or the electorate is)
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19 posted on 12/21/2012 5:46:27 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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20 posted on 12/21/2012 5:46:47 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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21 posted on 12/21/2012 5:47:43 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: 2banana

Through the prophet Zechariah the LORD God has spoken, “In that day I will make Jerusalem a stumbling block for all people; all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth gather against it.” (Zechariah 12:3). The LORD goes on in that chapter to warn, “And it shall come to pass in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerualem


22 posted on 12/21/2012 7:50:39 PM PST by Wisconsinlady ("Never give the devil a ride; he will want to take over the driving.")
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