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Dizzying Intellect » Funny Peculiar or Funny Ha-ha?

Funny Peculiar or Funny Ha-ha?

I saw this headline on my iGoogle, er, headline list, and my immediate thought was ‘Sweet!”

Israel to Build 700 Homes in East Jerusalem

Israel plans to build nearly 700 new apartments in disputed East Jerusalem, defying demands by the United States and the Palestinian Authority for a freeze on settlement construction. While Israel has imposed a partial freeze on construction in the West Bank, government spokesman Mark Regev says that does not apply to Jerusalem, which Israel says is the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

“I want to be very clear. In the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem, there is not going to be a freeze, there cannot be a freeze. We never promised to freeze construction in those areas,” he said.

I get that this is against American “demands” right now, but frankly, America isn’t Israel’s friend right now. Some of us remain so, but not by policy. Simply because we understand what friendship means. (Israel is the only country on earth that would steadfastly defend us against any foe, and that deserves to be reciprocated, no matter how you feel about their politics.)

Anyway. I could have said as much on twitter. But this is what made it neglected-blogworthy:

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said, “This decision to build new housing units in East Jerusalem undermines the credibility of those involved in making the peace process continue.”

HAHAHAHA!!! Palestinian negotiator! Credibility! Peace process! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

*cough*

That is all.

2 Comments

  • By treppenwitz, December 28, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

    The crux of the problem is that the U.S. administration relates to the Palestinians and the Israelis as equals.

    They are not equals.

    Israel is a sovereign state with an actual government, a functioning system of government (complete with checks and balances), a free press, an economy, etc. The Palestinians are a proto-state, and a failed one at that. They have no sovereignty, no functioning government… nada.

    When the U.S. relates to Israel in the same way as they do the Palestinians, they are telegraphing a message to the entire world that Israel’s very existence is a question that can be opened up for negotiations. They are returning us to 1947 when we had to come before the world with our hat in our hands and pray that the partition plan (a tiny sliver of what we were promised under the British Mandate) would be approved by the U.N.

    We don’t need anyone’s approval to build houses and apartment buildings in our own country. If someone thinks we might be building on ‘Palestinian Land’, I have the results of a bunch of defensive wars that says differently.

    /rant

  • By Tanya, December 28, 2009 @ 7:56 pm

    You’re preaching to the choir, but yes.

    The defensive wars are maybe the funniest part. Israel’s enemies keep ganging up to start wars, and losing spectacularly. And then randomly demanding the land back that they lost in their failed war. Huh?

    Yeah. Wake me when we agree that Spain still owns Western Europe.

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