Netanyahu says US criticism of settlements is ‘against American values’

 Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, speaks in the Oval Office of the White House on 1 October. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/pool/Corbis

Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, speaks in the Oval Office of the White House on 1 October. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/pool/Corbis

Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has dismissed a recent White House rebuke of Israeli settlement construction, saying such criticism goes “against American values”.Israel came under fire last week after a Jerusalem city official signed the final go-ahead for construction of a new housing development in east Jerusalem. A day earlier, an ultranationalist Jewish group said dozens of settlers would move into six apartment buildings purchased in the heart of a predominantly Arab neighbourhood.

In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel that the new project would distance Israel from “even its closest allies” and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians.

In an interview broadcast on Sunday on CBS, Netanyahu said he did not accept restrictions on where Jews could live, and said that Jerusalem’s Arabs and Jews should be able to buy homes wherever they want.

He said he was “baffled” by the American condemnation.

“It’s against the American values. And it doesn’t bode well for peace,” he said. “The idea that we’d have this ethnic purification as a condition for peace, I think it’s anti-peace.”

Read more at The Guardian

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  1. Only audacious Netanyahu can put peace and values and settlements on the land of others and ethnic purification in one phrase

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    • Agreed, fada.

      I did not always detest Bibi, but I do now, and have since 2008 when I woke up. I fear for Israel and hope they can find a leader more like Rabin. I am not holding my breath as Bibi is pretty popular these days.

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  2. Nice post, Pickle. I added the link and the article’s photo. Very impressed by your posting skills. Should have known you were just being coy.

    Now, to get back on topic: There is a remarkable sea change occurring in the world over the issue of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I mean, think of it. An American president telling Israel that the status quo is no longer sustainable is unprecedented. When has that happened before? Who says we didn’t get the change we were promised?

    And now Sweden is preparing to recognize the state of Palestine.

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    • King,

      I have no posting skills! I tried to submit it with the pic, but failed. This is a great shot of him and demonstrates his attitude very well – it really adds to the story, so I appreciate the assist. My all time favorite pic of Bibi is from him posing with his Wilie E Coyote mock-up bomb cartoon drawing of Iran’s nukes.

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      • Don’t be silly, Pickle. It’s a great post. There’s plenty of time to learn the posting tools. I’m still learning new things all the time. I have just learned a new way of posting photos that I really like. WordPress gives you so much more control over things like photos. I love it.

        One of my primary motivations in creating this site was to help friends become familiar with the WordPress posting tools. It’s a very user friendly system. Feel free to play around with it. You can preview posts a thousand times to see what they will look like when published. Have fun with it.

        And I hope, too, that users will explore, comment and contribute to other great sites, like Free Bloggers Alliance, as well as create sites of their own.

        It’s like I say in the Editor’s Note, what I see as my primary role here is to help site users and oversee the trivial stuff. This site was specifically created for the use and enjoyment of others. I don’t want it to be about me. I have my own blog for that. I want you guys to create a legendary discussion forum, have fun doing it, and to be proud of being a part of it.

        I posted a link last week to an article about Obama’s tough love session with Netanyahu in the White House. You can find it in the navigation bar at the top of the page under World News > The Washington Post.

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