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Sun Oct 21, 2012, 01:00 PM

Rebuffing EU, Netanyahu Says ‘No Limits’ On Jerusalem Construction

There will be “no limits” to construction in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a cabinet meeting on Sunday.

His comments come two days after the European Union, Britain and France condemned the Interior Ministry’s approval of a plan to build almost 800 new housing units in Gilo, a southern Jerusalem neighborhood beyond the 1967 Green Line.

“We are not imposing any restrictions on construction in Jerusalem. It is our capital,” Netanyahu said. He added Israel has a connection to Jerusalem as “ancient and powerful” as other states do to their capital.

Gilo is part of the city captured during the 1967 Six Day War and subsequently annexed to Israel proper, a move contested by the international community and the Palestinians.

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http://www.timesofisrael.com/rebuffing-eu-netanyahu-says-no-limits-on-jerusalem-construction/

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Reply Rebuffing EU, Netanyahu Says ‘No Limits’ On Jerusalem Construction (Original post)
Purveyor Oct 2012 OP
azurnoir Oct 2012 #1
ProgressiveProfessor Oct 2012 #2
Ken Burch Oct 2012 #4
ProgressiveProfessor Oct 2012 #5
Ken Burch Oct 2012 #3
Purveyor Oct 2012 #6
Ken Burch Oct 2012 #7
LeftishBrit Oct 2012 #8
LeftishBrit Oct 2012 #9
azurnoir Oct 2012 #10
holdencaufield Oct 2012 #11
Mimosa Oct 2012 #12
shira Oct 2012 #13
holdencaufield Oct 2012 #14

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Oct 21, 2012, 06:13 PM

1. well he is up for re-election

I suppose we can expect more of these statements in the coming months, must appear strong in the face of the EU

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Oct 21, 2012, 07:03 PM

2. Still waiting for the US to build its new embasssy in Jerusalem

We have the land. It is not in a disputed portion of the city

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 21, 2012, 09:10 PM

4. There's no reason to do it.

Accepting Jerusalem as capital would be a disruptive, pro-Likud stance for the U.S. to take.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Oct 21, 2012, 09:10 PM

3. More proof that Bibi never wanted peace.

I hope Israeli voters will do the sensible thing and turf this bastard out. Netanyahu isn't making that country any safer.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #3)

Sun Oct 21, 2012, 10:48 PM

6. Just doesn't fit with his "master plan". Nope, not at all. israel thrives on war and weapons and

US taxpayers dollar.

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Response to Purveyor (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 21, 2012, 11:24 PM

7. Its leaders do.

There is always a difference between the interests of the leaders and the interests of the people. That is universal.

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Response to Purveyor (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 08:15 AM

8. As a matter of fact...

most countries thrive directly or indirectly on war and weapons. The military industrial complex is one of the few industries that is still thriving despite the recession. Very sad, and hard for the world to dig itself out of that hole.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 08:16 AM

9. And a big ugh to Netanyahu, and his even more right wing coalition partners.

Come on Israelis, elect a more reasonable government.

And yes, before anyone else says it, the UK also needs to elect a more reasonable government.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 02:33 PM

10. Netanyahu tours settlement after EU condemnation

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the illegal settlement of Gilo on Tuesday in a defiant prelude to talks with the European Union's top diplomat, who has condemned Gilo's expansion.

Israel issued a detailed plan last week for 797 additional homes in Gilo, an urban complex built in a part of the occupied West Bank that it captured in a 1967 Middle East war and later annexed to Jerusalem.

"United Jerusalem is Israel's eternal capital, we have a full right to build in it," Netanyahu said during a tour of Gilo, a day before he was due to meet Catherine Ashton, the EU's high representative for foreign affairs.

In a statement reflecting long-standing EU policy, Ashton said on Friday she deeply regretted the planned expansion of Gilo, where some 40,000 Israelis live.

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=531608

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2012, 11:28 PM

11. The Europeans lost the right ...

 

... to tell Jews where they could and couldn't live 70 years ago.

I see no reason for ANY government in Israel (left or right) to pay them any heed.

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Response to holdencaufield (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:08 PM

12. Holden, I have a question

Long ago on reading the history of 20th century antisemitism, WWII and the Holocaust, it seemed to me that after the Axis was crushed when the victors were rearranging maps and dividing the spoils would have been an opportunity to give the European Jews a land of their own on their home continent.

If I'd been alive back then I could have easily predicted sending a few million European Jews to settle in Palestine would become a source of never ending conflict.

Why wasn't it considered for the surviving mainly Eastern European Jews to resettle in a place on their home continent?

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Response to Mimosa (Reply #12)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 04:13 PM

13. Israel's re-establishment started decades before WW2.

Back in the late 1800's, actually.

Israel was not a response to the Holocaust.

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Response to Mimosa (Reply #12)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:40 PM

14. Besides the fact ...

 

... that Jews have live continuously in Israel for 3,000 years? Do you really think Europe is the "home continent" of the Jews? Do you think all Jews in Israel are European?

But, the larger questions is ... who cares? Israel is where it is, nothing you can do or say will change that. Unless, like many who are anti-Israel, you hold on to that fantasy that, some day, after enough rockets and suicide bombers have been launched against them, the Jews will just pack up again and move somewhere else.

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