Sunday, July 19, 2009

Netanyahu's Chutzpah

Netanyahu says - Israel Rejects U.S. Call on Development in East Jerusalem - - that Israel's claim over all of Jerusalem, including therefore East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed illegally after conquering it in 1967 - "cannot be challenged." And note further,

The East Jerusalem development in question, to be made into a 20-unit complex, was bought by a Miami-based businessman, Irving Moskowitz, in 1985. He has long supported Israeli and Jewish housing in East Jerusalem. From 1987 to 2002, he rented the building to the paramilitary border police. Recently the municipality granted permission for the housing development to proceed.

The property is in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, a predominantly Palestinian area that also has foreign consulates and Israeli government buildings.

He's telling Obama that this is some kind of red line that he must not cross - International law, the Geneva conventions, and UN resolutions be damned.

Talk about chutzpah! I'm hoping that Obama and Clinton hand it right back to him.

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