Joe Biden visits Israel. Israel announces new settlement construction in East Jerusalem. Even the New York Times acknowledges that despite Israel’s inclusion of East Jerusalem as “part of its united capital,” the “rest of the world rejects” this position, while Israel makes this political position a fact-on-the-ground through ethnic cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah. Danny Ayalon, in full, glorious meshugana mode, defends the settlement construction in East Jerusalem: “There is no doubt that the Palestinians will try to use this to either stop the upcoming indirect peace talks, or to extort more concessions from us, and I have explained to U.S. government officials that there will be no more concessions.” East Jerusalem, off the table. Palestinian state, off the table. Understandably, the PA reacted by freezing negotiations until the settlement plans are decorously if only rhetorically placed back on the shelves. Quislings need a bone, here and there.
Hillary Clinton rebukes Netanyahu, informing him that this is a “deeply negative signal,” harming the “bilateral relationship.” VP Biden was even more irate:
“People who heard what Biden said [to Israeli officials behind closed doors] were stunned,” the centrist Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported. “‘This is starting to get dangerous for us,’ Biden castigated his interlocutors. ‘What you’re doing here undermines the security of our troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. That endangers us, and it endangers regional peace.’”
What’s the incitement? Settlement building? Israeli irredentism? The failure to end Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians? Nah. Just bad timing, which ends up making America look like a real evildoer, an enabler of Israeli dispossession and expansionism, a contributor to an absurdly ridiculous peace process long on process and short on peace. As opposed to the truth of the matter.
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