Oct 31 2009
Hillary to demand that Israel HALT construction in Jerusalem. Set to deliver stern message from White House.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is planning to press Israel over the weekend to cease Jewish construction in the eastern sections of Jerusalem, informed senior diplomatic officials told WND.
Clinton is scheduled to arrive in Jerusalem Sunday in her first official trip to Israel since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office in March.
According to the informed diplomatic officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Obama has been disappointed by a lack of progress on Israeli-Palestinian issues brokered by George Mitchell, the White House’s envoy to the Mideast.
Clinton is being sent by the White House on a brief visit to Jerusalem to lend her stature to Mideast talks and to deliver a message from the Obama administration that will involve pressing Israel to halt construction in eastern Jerusalem and the strategic West Bank, the diplomatic officials told WND. The officials said Clinton’s message emanates from the White House.
Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly in September, Obama issues a strongly worded demand for the creation of a “viable, independent Palestinian state with CONTIGUOUS (aka cutting Israel in half and rendering it defenseless from attack) territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967.”
The term “occupation” routinely is used by the Palestinians as well as some countries hostile to the Jewish state in reference to Israel’s presence in the West Bank and Jerusalem. It is unusual for U.S. presidents to use the term, although Jimmy Carter once famously called Israel’s presence in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem “illegal.”
“Occupation that began in 1967” is a specific reference to the lands Israel WON after the Six Day War (a war waged upon Israel by several Arab countries) of that year, particularly the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount.
The Palestinians never maintained any official capacity in either territory, lands in which Jews have been present for thousands of years. The territories came under Jordanian rule from 1948 until Israel captured them in 1967 after Jordan’s King Hussein ignored Israeli pleas for his country to stay out of the Six Day War. Most countries rejected Jordan’s initial claim on the area, which it formally renounced in 1988. WND
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