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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:51 PM

Israel approves new settlement between Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Source: Guardian

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.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/19/israel-approves-settlement-jerusalem-bethlehem



This is NOT A DUPLICATE of this from yesterday : Israel presses on with plan for 6,000 new settler homes http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014341801

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Reply Israel approves new settlement between Jerusalem and Bethlehem (Original post)
dipsydoodle Dec 2012 OP
byeya Dec 2012 #1
iandhr Dec 2012 #2
peacebird Dec 2012 #3
Crunchy Frog Dec 2012 #7
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2012 #4
kelliekat44 Dec 2012 #5
Crunchy Frog Dec 2012 #6
azurnoir Dec 2012 #8
Poll_Blind Dec 2012 #9

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:08 PM

1. Let's form a high level committee to discuss this!

 

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:15 PM

2. When will the Israel stop shooting itself in the foot?

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:21 PM

3. when the two state solution is put in place the Palestinians will find a lot of nice new homes!

Already built and waiting for them!

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Response to peacebird (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:10 AM

7. Or when they win equal rights within a single state.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:26 PM

4. Israel demonstrates again that they don't support a two-state solution.

And when the demographic "problem" reaches crescendo, then the Jewish State will have to make a decision - either be a democratic state for all of its citizens, or be an apartheid regime (not just end the occupied territories).

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:28 PM

5. Israel falling off its own moral cliff. nt

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:09 AM

6. I guess the single staters are winning.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:19 AM

8. I'm sure our administration will utter another resounding condemnation something like

"that's unhelpful"

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:46 AM

9. Vile and primitive. nt

PB

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