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Israel to build 500 new settler homes in East Jerusalem
Palestinian leaders say Israel's settlement movement is emboldened by the election of Donald Trump in the US.




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Israel plans to build 500 more illegal settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem [File: Al Jazeera]

Israel has announced plans to move forward with the construction of 500 new homes for Jewish settlers in occupied East Jerusalem, the first such move since the US presidential election.

What do the US elections mean for Palestine and Israel?


"This morning, the local planning and building committee made the decision to advance [plans]... for 500 units in Ramat Shlomo," the Ir Amim anti-settlement NGO said, referring to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlement near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Shufat.

The plans had been on hold since 2014, Ir Amin said.

The Jerusalem municipality said the "plans in question are not new and were approved years ago".

More than 200,000 Israeli settlers now live in communities in East Jerusalem, which Israel has occupied along with the rest of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and parts of Egypt and Syria since the 1967 war.

More than half-a-million Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. They are considered illegal by international law.

Speaking to Israel's Channel Two last week, Jerusalem Vice Mayor Meir Turgeman said: "There are a lot more plans, and I intend to use the US transition period to get them approved."

Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, described the announcement as "a very serious strategic and dangerous" decision.

"This wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the failure and silence of the international community," Barghouti told Al Jazeera.

READ MORE: Palestinian Bedouins 'live the Nakba every day'

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's executive committee, also condemned the move.

"It is time that the US, the European Union, and all states that claim commitment to the two-state solution adopt concrete steps and measures to prevent the completion of these dangerous plans and to impose sanctions on Israel before it draws the whole region into further violence, extremism, and instability," she said, as reported by the local Ma'an News Agency.

The Trump effect
Though the president-elect has said he would "love" to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, many feel his election will embolden Israel's far-right and the settlement movement it supports.


Reporting from East Jerusalem, Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith noted the move "comes in the waning weeks of the Obama administration".

"This is a decision only so far taken at the municipality level," he said. "It hasn't reached the prime minister's office yet. But if there's very significant international outrage, then maybe the prime minister could freeze this extension to try and avoid Israel being criticised internationally further."

Between 2009 and 2014, settlements were expanded by at least 23 percent.

Israel's hard-line right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has time and again vowed to continue settlement expansion. In March 2015, the day before Israelis re-elected him, Netanyahu promised to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state under his watch.

According to Barghouti, the electoral victory of Trump has already heartened Israel's far-right settlement movement.

"The real policy of the Israeli government is definitely to destroy the very last opportunity to build a Palestinian state and kill the so-called two state solution," he said.

Statements made by Trump, who has claimed all of Jerusalem as part of Israel, and his political allies "are support for nothing short of violating international law", Barghouti added.

Israel to ban public address systems


http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/...ler-homes-east-jerusalem-161123135828998.html

Source: Al Jazeera News And Agencies
 

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Israel to build 500 new settler homes in East Jerusalem
Palestinian leaders say Israel's settlement movement is emboldened by the election of Donald Trump in the US.




44f22246134e48ff99130bcab38f6c48_18.jpg


Israel plans to build 500 more illegal settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem [File: Al Jazeera]

Israel has announced plans to move forward with the construction of 500 new homes for Jewish settlers in occupied East Jerusalem, the first such move since the US presidential election.

What do the US elections mean for Palestine and Israel?


"This morning, the local planning and building committee made the decision to advance [plans]... for 500 units in Ramat Shlomo," the Ir Amim anti-settlement NGO said, referring to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlement near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Shufat.

The plans had been on hold since 2014, Ir Amin said.

The Jerusalem municipality said the "plans in question are not new and were approved years ago".

More than 200,000 Israeli settlers now live in communities in East Jerusalem, which Israel has occupied along with the rest of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and parts of Egypt and Syria since the 1967 war.

More than half-a-million Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. They are considered illegal by international law.

Speaking to Israel's Channel Two last week, Jerusalem Vice Mayor Meir Turgeman said: "There are a lot more plans, and I intend to use the US transition period to get them approved."

Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, described the announcement as "a very serious strategic and dangerous" decision.

"This wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the failure and silence of the international community," Barghouti told Al Jazeera.

READ MORE: Palestinian Bedouins 'live the Nakba every day'

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's executive committee, also condemned the move.

"It is time that the US, the European Union, and all states that claim commitment to the two-state solution adopt concrete steps and measures to prevent the completion of these dangerous plans and to impose sanctions on Israel before it draws the whole region into further violence, extremism, and instability," she said, as reported by the local Ma'an News Agency.

The Trump effect
Though the president-elect has said he would "love" to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, many feel his election will embolden Israel's far-right and the settlement movement it supports.


Reporting from East Jerusalem, Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith noted the move "comes in the waning weeks of the Obama administration".

"This is a decision only so far taken at the municipality level," he said. "It hasn't reached the prime minister's office yet. But if there's very significant international outrage, then maybe the prime minister could freeze this extension to try and avoid Israel being criticised internationally further."

Between 2009 and 2014, settlements were expanded by at least 23 percent.

Israel's hard-line right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has time and again vowed to continue settlement expansion. In March 2015, the day before Israelis re-elected him, Netanyahu promised to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state under his watch.

According to Barghouti, the electoral victory of Trump has already heartened Israel's far-right settlement movement.

"The real policy of the Israeli government is definitely to destroy the very last opportunity to build a Palestinian state and kill the so-called two state solution," he said.

Statements made by Trump, who has claimed all of Jerusalem as part of Israel, and his political allies "are support for nothing short of violating international law", Barghouti added.

Israel to ban public address systems


http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/...ler-homes-east-jerusalem-161123135828998.html

Source: Al Jazeera News And Agencies

If only I was the president of Egypt...
 

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It's easy for Mr Netanyahu.
But as a nation leader, maybe he should make a long-term plan to achieve safety and security for his people.
There is no other options but talking.
 

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Israel cannot go on with being hated by all their neighbours, can they? Soon they will be attacked and destroyed if they're not careful.
USA will not be around forever either. :victory:

Ever heard about the ‘Samson option'? Is that really the endgame you desire?
 

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If Israelis want peace, they should maybe leave the Middle East. think about it, they are not going to be living a peaceful life surrounded by enemies anytime soon, are they?

I have a question for you...

What if Putin gets up one fine day and says - “If Turks want peace, they should leave the Middle East."

What would you do in such a scenario?

A) Be peaceful and leave your homes..?

or,

B) Fight back..?
 

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I have a question for you...

What if Putin gets up one fine day and says - “If Turks want peace, they should leave the Middle East."

What would you do in such a scenario?

A) Be peaceful and leave your homes..?

or,

B) Fight back..?
Putin would never do such a thing. LOL
See, the Israelis are not going to get peace anytime soon. Now. what can they do? They should all go back to Europe, where they came from. That's the only solution
How would you like it if Turks went to india, said this is our homes from the Mughals, lolllll
 

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I have a question for you...

What if Putin gets up one fine day and says - “If Turks want peace, they should leave the Middle East."

What would you do in such a scenario?

A) Be peaceful and leave your homes..?

or,

B) Fight back..?

Israelis took Palestinian homes in first place!
 

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Putin would never do such a thing. LOL
See, the Israelis are not going to get peace anytime soon. Now. what can they do? They should all go back to Europe, where they came from. That's the only solution
How would you like it if Turks went to india, said this is our homes from the Mughals, lolllll

★ Not all of them came from Europe. Not all of them are Ashkenazi.

★ The Jews didn't come to the middle east as a conquering army and occupied Palestine.. All throughout the 19th to 20th century, they immigrated to this land and then asked for a seperate nation for themselves when communal clashes with Arab neighbors became common.. It was never an invasion as you try to portray it. Many nations have co.e into existence due to diverse groups of people migrating and claiming land.

★ As far as the mughals are concerned, we have indeed accepted them as a part of the modern India. We don't ask them to go back to Turkey and Mongolia just because their ancestors a few centuries ago came from there. You, on the other hand, are asking Israelis who haven't ever set foot in Europe, to “go back to Europe".. lol.

★ The Israelis aren't going to get peace anytime soon.. But does that mean they should all simply submit and commit collective suicide..? Would you yourself do that, in order to gain peace?

★ I never said Putin would do that. It was a hypothetical question meant to make you think from the perspective of the other side..

★ BTW, stop putting unilateral demands and claiming them as “THE ONLY SOLUTION". The other side doesn't see it your way, and you don't have the capability to make them submit to your demands.

Now, coming back to my hypothetical Russian invasion scenario, you haven't answered my question yet.. Would you stay back and resist, or would you submit and leave?

Israelis took Palestinian homes in first place!

And similarly the Muslims took the land presently known as Iran from the Parsis... Are you willing to leave your homes and give the land back to them?

Do you hold yourself responsible for the excesses and atrocities your ancestors committed a few decades or centuries or a millennia ago?
 

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★ Not all of them came from Europe. Not all of them are Ashkenazi.

★ The Jews didn't come to the middle east as a conquering army and occupied Palestine.. All throughout the 19th to 20th century, they immigrated to this land and then asked for a seperate nation for themselves when communal clashes with Arab neighbors became common.. It was never an invasion as you try to portray it. Many nations have co.e into existence due to diverse groups of people migrating and claiming land.

★ As far as the mughals are concerned, we have indeed accepted them as a part of the modern India. We don't ask them to go back to Turkey and Mongolia just because their ancestors a few centuries ago came from there. You, on the other hand, are asking Israelis who haven't ever set foot in Europe, to “go back to Europe".. lol.

★ The Israelis aren't going to get peace anytime soon.. But does that mean they should all simply submit and commit collective suicide..? Would you yourself do that, in order to gain peace?

★ I never said Putin would do that. It was a hypothetical question meant to make you think from the perspective of the other side..

★ BTW, stop putting unilateral demands and claiming them as “THE ONLY SOLUTION". The other side doesn't see it your way, and you don't have the capability to make them submit to your demands.

Now, coming back to my hypothetical Russian invasion scenario, you haven't answered my question yet.. Would you stay back and resist, or would you submit and leave?



And similarly the Muslims took the land presently known as Iran from the Parsis... Are you willing to leave your homes and give the land back to them?

Do you hold yourself responsible for the excesses and atrocities your ancestors committed a few decades or centuries or a millennia ago?
it's not "The only solution" there's the FINAL SOLUTION too. :victory:
Seriously, the Israelis are pretty much screwed whichever way you look at it, being surrounded by so many enemies cannot be healthy , can it?
If I were a Israeli, i'd return back to Europe, and not want to be hated for stealing land from the Arab Palestinians.
Can Turks go to Palestine and call it Turkish because of Ottomans? We won the Crusades? Seljuks? and bunch more dynasties lol.
It is silly.
 

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it's not "The only solution" there's the FINAL SOLUTION too. :victory:
Seriously, the Israelis are pretty much screwed whichever way you look at it, being surrounded by so many enemies cannot be healthy , can it?
If I were a Israeli, i'd return back to Europe, and not want to be hated for stealing land from the Arab Palestinians.
Can Turks go to Palestine and call it Turkish because of Ottomans? We won the Crusades? Seljuks? and bunch more dynasties lol.
It is silly.

Once again you've quite conveniently forgotten to answer my question...

Anyways, You say the Israelis are pretty much screwed no matter what.. But have you ever stopped to think what happens after you “screw" Israel..? Samson option my friend.. None of those middle eastern nations that take part in “screwing Israel" would be spared by the Israeli vengeance.. THAT is where your so-called “FINAL SOLUTION" would take you... So think again... and think hard...!!

Barbarians supporting barbarians, as usual.

India has always supported the Palestinians.. I don't know what you're on about..
 

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