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