‘I don’t care what the UN says!’ Netanyahu vows to continue illegal settlement activity

netanyahuThe Israeli prime minister has vowed to continue building settlements in the “Israeli capital of Jerusalem,” defying near-unanimous international criticism of the illegal activity in retaliation for Palestine’s upgraded UN status.

In an interview with Israeli Channel 2, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threw internationally-recognized boundaries to the wind, saying that the Western Wall, which lies in a part of UN-administered Jerusalem occupied by Israel in 1967, is not occupied territory” – and that he “does not care” what the United Nations has to say about it.

Netanyahu added that all Israeli citizens live “in the Jewish state,” and that “the capital of the Jewish state, for 3,000 years, has been Jerusalem,” as cited by the Jerusalem Post.

He went on to defend the planned construction of settlements near Jerusalem – in Gilo, formerly West Bank land occupied by Israel in 1967, and Ramat Shlomo, which was taken from Jordan the same year. “What future awaits Israel if we cannot build in Gilo and Ramat Shlomo?” he said.

Both of the planned construction sites are situated within the Israeli-drawn boundaries of Jerusalem, but outside the “green line” segregating Israel from the West Bank.

The schemes to build there, in the E1 area east of Jerusalem, and in the Ethiopian Jewish community Givat HaMatos have brought international criticism and condemnation of the Israeli administration.

“So we, the state of the Jews, cannot build in our capital? I don’t accept that,” Netanyahu said during the interview, as reported by AAP.

The prime minister also pointed to the fact that the expedited construction plans are retaliation for the Palestinians’ upgraded status at the United Nations.

In November, the UN General Assembly awarded Palestine non-member observer state status. With this move, Netanyahu says, the Palestinians “simply tore to pieces all the agreements with us,” recalling that he had warned that Israel would not react by “sitting with its arms folded.”

Regardless of Israel’s claims to Jerusalem as its capital, the international community recognizes Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel, with no country having an embassy in Jerusalem. At the same time, Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The Israeli prime minister has repeatedly accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of obstructing peace talks. Abbas has refused to negotiate unless Netanyahu and his government adhere to certain preconditions, among which is falling in line with international law by way of a settlement freeze.

Source: http://rt.com/news/netanyahu-settlementscapital-jerusalem-660/

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  1. When the sluggard Hamas got land for scudding the Israeli people (land for peace, what a joke), they uprooted jewish cemeteries, jewish people who lived there, anything jewish. But now they want to encroach into Jerusalem? Come on. They want all jews dead.
    They are a disgusting terrorist organization that ruins their own people’s lives. They, Hamas, take all the aid from all over the world and it does not get to their suffering people. The Muslim people in Gaza are kept poor and hungry by their own leaders. Look into this, do not believe your media.
    What if the Mexican cartels and illegals wanted half of Washington, DC? Does that make sense. What if the American Indians wanted to take over half of New York city and move all citizens who lived there, out! We would think that is crazy. Israeli citizens have rights. Now Netanyahu wants to uproot jewish land owners so that Arabs can squat on their property. The USA citizens would uprise if it happened in New York, or DC.
    When the 9/11 terrorists brought down the twin towers in New York did we offer Al Qaeda land for peace. Did we move US citizens out of their homes, uproot their cemeteries, and forbid them to live on their own land, so that Al Qaeda could have land for peace?

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