Building a house in J'lem Jerusalem Michael Oren US and Israel relations


Obamatut: I’ll tell you Jews
where you can live…
This has been forwarned. The point about Netanyahu’s lack of judgment is a moot one. Given the current US administration’s far reaching agenda, the implementation of a Palestinian state by hook or crook, coupled with the sheer amateur hour approach by Obama from the very git-go, it was only a matter of time before the US started to hang Israel out to dry, it was just a question of when. The Tundra Tabloids has been sounding the alarm about Obama and his key advisors’ anti-Israel animosity for almost two and a half years, now we see it begin to bite.
[If the United States State Department felt insulted by Israel building homes in Jerusalem, let me make it clear that I feel no less insulted by the United State State Department when they tell me that I can’t build a house in Jerusalem because I’m Jewish.]
Israel’s ambassador to Washington Michael Oren convened Foreign Ministry consuls for an emergency briefing, and told them the crisis between Israel and the US is the worst since 1975, Army Radio reported.

Oren was referring to a crisis that evolved when Israel refused to sign a treaty to withdraw forces from Sinai in 1975.
In an unusual move, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) made a public call on the White House to tone down the rhetoric. The lobby said statements made by senior officials in US President Barack Obama’s administration were “very worrying.”

The crisis erupted late last week when the Interior Ministry announced the building of 1,600 housing units in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, while US Vice President Joe Biden was visiting Israel.

The US administration refused to let go of the issue, even after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu apologized to Biden and Biden said the apology was accepted.
AIPAC said the White House should avoid public demands and unilaterally setting a timetable for Israel to follow.

In his briefing to consuls, Oren said the crisis with the US is of “historic” proportions.

The US reportedly wants Israel to announce that it’s cancelling the Ramat Shlomo project, investigate how the project came to be announced when Biden was here, and make gestures towards the Palestinian Authority. The US also reportedly demands that Israel publicly announce that all core issues will be discussed during negotiations.

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  1. Hillary's transformation?

    I don't know why people think she's transformed. She's a political opportunist with her personal ambition as priority #1.

    If anyone had any doubt, I pointed this out in September 2008; long before she became Sec. of State. In late September 2008, she canceled out of a rally at the UN (in her home state) against President Ahmadinijad's visit to the UN. She did this because Sarah Palin was participating in the event. Yet this was the same Sen. Clinton who looked me in the eye just that previous June and said: "I have also said that should Iran ever–ever contemplate using nuclear weapons against Israel they must understand what the consequences will be to them. BUT WE MUST DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO PREVENT SUCH AN UNTHINKABLE DAY FROM EVER HAPPENING (emphasis mine) and the best way to do that is to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons in the first place."

    So there was New York's Senator sitting on her hands and leaving Israel's supporters to fend for themselves against Mahmoud Ahmadinjad. Why are these same supporters of Israel surprised? Why do they think that Hillary Clinton has made a "transformation".

    She's the same Hillary Clinton who says one thing and does something else when it suits her. She no longer represents New York State. She represents the U.S. Dept. of State; an American institution known for being dominated by the Saudi petrochemical lobby.

    A rather famous story is told of former Sec. of State Colin Powell (You will recall that this Republican endorsed Sen. O'Bama on the campaign trail). A week after he left office, former Sec. of State Colin Powell was personally presented with a brand new Jaguar by Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar. As Bandar once explained: "If the reputation then builds that the Saudis take care of friends when they leave office, you'd be surprised how much better friends you have who are just coming into office."

    So don't scratch your collective heads wondering what's going on with Hillary Clinton. Frankly, I think it's pretty obvious and it was noticeable long before she became Sec. of State.

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