The European Union released a statement on Friday condemning an Israeli decision on Wednesday to approve plans for 463 new housing units in several Israeli settlements, 179 units of which have already been constructed in the occupied West Bank and were retroactively approved by Israeli authorities.


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lizzy lizzy (@lizzy) Pinned comment
There was also strong condemnation here in the US. Here's State Department Spokesman John Kirby's answer to a reporter's question this past Wednesday, “We’re deeply concerned by the government’s announcement to advance plans for these settlement units in the West Bank. Since the Quartet report came out, we have seen a very significant acceleration of Israeli settlement activity that runs directly counter to the conclusions of the report. So far this year, Israel has promoted plans for over 2,500 units, including over 700 units retroactively approved in the West Bank.”

Kirby went on to say that the State Department is “particularly troubled by the policy of retroactively approving unauthorized settlement units and outposts that are themselves illegal under Israeli law. These policies have effectively given the Israeli Government a green light for the pervasive advancement of settlement activity in a new and potentially unlimited way. This significant expansion of the settlement enterprise poses a very serious and growing threat to the viability of the two-state solution.”

Some analysts have pointed out that the use of “Potentially unlimited” is a recent term used by the State Department that seems to indicate that they (State Dept.) believes Israel wants to annex the West Bank.
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PersianReporter PersianReporter (@PersianReporter) replied to lizzy (@lizzy) Pinned comment
"Some analysts have pointed out that the use of “Potentially unlimited” is a recent term used by the State Department that seems to indicate that they (State Dept.) believes Israel wants to annex the West Bank." --- hey, you don't say???! Man, the brains on those guys over at the State Department. At this point I just see their lips moving and can't hear a thing cuz it's the usual lip service. They're tongue has gotten sharper under Obama but it's still all bark, no bite.

As the biggest beneficiary of U.S. foreign aid ($3.1 billion in 2015 & probably around $4 billion in 2016 -- staggering numbers btw) you'd think that the US has some powers of persuasion with their bestie. Nahhhhh, they own us.
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