New east Jerusalem construction plan gets go-ahead

The Bush  letter of ’04: (10 years ago)

As part of a final peace settlement, Israel must have secure and recognized borders, which should emerge from negotiations between the parties in accordance with UNSC Resolutions 242 and 338. In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli populations centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949, and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion. It is realistic to expect that any final status agreement will only be achieved on the basis of mutually agreed changes that reflect these realities

First, the United States remains committed to my vision and to its implementation as described in the roadmap. The United States will do its utmost to prevent any attempt by anyone to impose any other plan.

Israel should maintain that the exchange of letters by PM Sharon and Pres Bush, 10 years ago, amount to an agreement which is still binding today, though Pres Obama has disavowed it. Israel should argue that the agreement is binding on the US and therefore she can continue to build in these settlements. Furthermore it should remind Obama that the US is committed to prevent any other plan from being presented. Ted Belman

New east Jerusalem construction plan gets go-aheadJerusalem District Planning and Building Committee approves plan to build 500 housing units in Ramat Shlomo, across Green Line • U.S. condemns move • President Reuven Rivlin: Jerusalem will not be divided again.

By Yori Yalon, Daniel Siryoti, Yoni Hirsch, Israel Hayom Staff and The Associated Press

Jerusalem’s Ramat Shlomo neighborhood|

The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee approved on Sunday a plan to build 500 housing units in Ramat Shlomo, an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem located across the Green Line (the pre-1967 armistice line). The move was the first step in a long series of approvals needed before actual construction can begin and the process should take years.

The original plan envisioned the construction of 640 housing units, but that number was reduced to minimize damage to natural areas.

The approval drew quick condemnation from the U.S. government.

“It is unfortunate that after the unequivocal and unanimous position last week of the international community opposing construction in Jerusalem at this sensitive time, authorities chose to move forward,” said Edgar Vasquez, a spokesman for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. State Department. “We continue to engage at the highest levels with the Israeli government to make our position absolutely clear that we view settlement activity as illegitimate and unequivocally oppose unilateral steps that prejudge the future of Jerusalem.”

In an interview with Israel Hayom, President Reuven Rivlin said, “I’m in favor of building in Jerusalem and populating it openly, not with sly moves of one sort or another. Neighborhoods of Jerusalem have been built by all Israeli governments, in the face of large American protest. Jerusalem and its neighborhoods are not subject to debate. The world does not understand that Ramat Shlomo is in the center of Jerusalem and the provocateurs are in fact those who do not want to see the unity of the city. Jerusalem will not be divided again.”

On the other hand, Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer said, “The approval adds more fuel to the diplomatic fire and the crisis between Israel and the U.S.”

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  1. yamit82 Said:

    How long does it take you to complete a painting???

    Depends on the size and how complicated it is. Some times it’s a struggle and sometime it is as if some one unknown holds the brush and paint for me. Inspiration I guess.>>>

  2. @ honeybee:

    I have another 4 days neck is now painless a litle ensitive to the touch but should be gone in a few days, thanks for asking.

    Do look into it it could be the answer to many problems.
    How long does it take you to complete a painting???

    I will turn in soon. >>>

  3. @ yamit82:

    Krav maga makes sense now that you explain the words. You should be resting now are you still on anti-biotics., does your neck still hurt. I saw the pain relievers info you sent it looks the same thing they use at PT. I shall definitely look it to it , Thank you the information is very appreciated. Finnished another painting for a friend.

  4. @ honeybee:
    MLT!!!
    Maga in Hebrew mean contact or touch.

    I’d settle for an inspector’s job at American airport patting down all those women seems like a job for me. All kinds every age and size…. Maybe I would pay them for the job

    MLT!!!

  5. @ yamit82:
    You do not need anyone to correct your Spanish because I have seen you correcting it yourself.
    Por aqui anda un tarado que esta listo para el manicomio.
    Teneis que dejadlo sin contestarle. De otro modo sigue con la misma pesadez de siempre. Sigue, y sigue y sigue…Hasta cuando? Dejad que siga escribiiendo sin contestarle.

  6. mar55 Said:

    if Rubinstein was gay or not

    Ravel was gay. Rubenstein left his wife of many years to run off with nurse when he was auite elderly, like in late eighties

  7. @ mar55:
    My classical music education began when I was a kid and the supermarket gave a classical record a month produced by some unknown orchestras in USSR and east Europe, almost every popular symphony on a set of must have been near hundred vinyl records and an album to keep them.

    That was my education . I knew what I liked after hearing once and played them over again. I used to know what piece was played by the first opening notes. No more but then I was quite knowledgeable.

    I can’t spell any more and I used to be very good.

    With me it’s a matter of atrophy. 😉

  8. @ honeybee:
    @ yamit82:
    I also like Ravel but Maurice Ravel was French. How could I have forgotten Manuel de Falla. The famous “El somobrero de tres Picos”
    I love music period.
    Abejita: It does not matter if Rubinstein was gay or not. What anybody does in the privacy of their life I do not care. I know that you think much as I do.
    Do you know who was also gay? Leonard Bernstein. He was married to a woman from Chile. However, any young musician who had him as a mentor, had to sleep with him. In the music world here in NY nothing remains hidden. From such a genius none of his progeny have musical talent. Thank you both for caring. I love the singer
    KOHAVA LEVI. What a gift to have a voice like hers.

  9. @ yamit82:

    “Tomorrow I shall purchase another firearm a ‘Glock 30S’…”

    Lots of .45’s out there; why the Glock in particular?

    — the polymer frame?

  10. @ honeybee:
    Yummm one of my favorites. I haven’t eaten all day and am almost tempted to make something but alas too lazy so I’ll open a can of something. They’re good too….

    I like Vita Cholent. Good,tasty, filling and it takes 2 min cooking time.

    Maybe I’ll order out???

    Tengo hambre de otro tipo de plato. Pensé que sabías ???

  11. @ SHmuel HaLevi 2:

    Yeah The AH is talking tough on TV but won’t take the necessary policy decisions to end it quickly and decisively.

    Stupid News reporters saying no organization behind random sporadic attacks which everybody with a brain laughs at.. They will deny and deny until the reality is so severe they will have no choice but by then how many Jews will be dead????

  12. @ yamit82:
    Woman murdered with knife in Gush Etzion and two seriously wounded two hours after the soldier was wounded critically. Further South car stoned, people wounded and here in the North we hear of several stone attacks.
    I am sure that de netanyahu will soon go to TV and speech.
    It has way passed us being stupid, we are into the idiotic territory. Lets elect de netanyahu again…

  13. @ honeybee:

    I never go out unarmed te quiero.

    Tomorrow I shall purchase another firearm a “Glock 30S”

    I want more dropping firepower than what I own today.

    My gut tells me this is going to get worse before it gets better.

    But not to worry I am indestructible still have some more lives in reserve. 😉
    I was in Beersheba this morning and lots of armed police everywhere.

    Another attack outside Beersheba this time from rocks. Driver injured.