Monday, 20 July 2009

Ha'aretz, Ma'an, New York Times today

Ha'aretz: 'No difference to U.S. between outpost, East Jerusalem construction'

The United States views East Jerusalem as no different than an illegal West Bank outpost with regard to its demand for a freeze on settlement construction, American sources have informed both Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

This clarification came in the context of a growing crisis in U.S.-Israel relations over the planned construction of some 20 apartments for Jews in the Shepherd Hotel, in East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. The U.S. has demanded that the project be halted, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the cabinet meeting Sunday that "Israel will not agree to edicts of this kind in East Jerusalem."

Ma'an: Abbas: Israel wants Jewish-only Jerusalem

Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israel intends to eliminate Jerusalem's Islamic and Christian character, President Mahmoud Abbas insisted in a speech in the central West Bank on Sunday evening.

Abbas' remarks came while commemorating the Isra and Mi’raj (the prophet Muhammad's night journey) traditionally believed to have occurred in East Jerusalem, Palestine's capital.

New York Times: Netanyahu’s Talk of Peace Finds Few True Believers

JERUSALEM — In the weeks since Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, finally accepted the principle of a Palestinian state, with qualifications, there has been deep skepticism about his sincerity.

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