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Israel to continue building in east Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel says it will continue building in east Jerusalem despite pressure from the U.S. to end construction in areas the Palestinians claim for their future state.

A statement from Benjamin Netanyahu's office Friday said "the prime minister's position is that there is no change in Israeli policy on Jerusalem."

The statement was issued before Netanyahu convened a meeting of key ministers to formulate a response to the Obama administration's demands for Israeli peace gestures amid a high-profile diplomatic row between the two countries.

Washington has been trying to jump-start Israeli-Palestinian talks. It says Israeli building in east Jerusalem, where Palestinians hope to make their future capital, is provocative and prejudges the outcome of negotiations.

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  • by jms Location: SE Ky on Mar 30, 2010 at 05:46 PM
    ...sure nadia...and the United States didn't exist before the Revolutionary War, but it does now despite what England says...So Israel Exists now since May of 1948 and the reaffirmed itself in July of 1967 in the Six Day War...this is fact whether Palestine, you or anyone else likes it or not..now do you doubt that to the victor go the spoils? Surely not!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2010 at 07:39 PM
    Nadia, the word Palestinian is the Latin word for Philistines. There is was no such land or people called "Palestinian". No history, no genealogy, no language, nothing. The word came from the Roman emperor Hadrean in the 3rd century AD to further disperse the Jews. It is a Latin word he used to rename the land of Israel which was called Judea and Samaria at the time. The Arabs have no word to describe the Arabs in Israel so they stole this term after the 1967 war where the Jews liberated Jerusalem from Arab Control to make the case that the land was somehow "stolen" from them. And may I remind you that this war was started by the ARABS. With all the evidence documented in history, Genealogy, archeology, one could not possibly dispute Israel's right to be there. What is shameful is the Arabs that have 99% of the land surrounding Israel but yet they kill themselves and others over that little sliver of land instead of recognizing that Jews have more right to be there than anyone.
  • by nadia Location: canada Kentucky on Mar 28, 2010 at 03:06 PM
    Shame on all of you....If you really knew the history then u all would say that....Israel didnt exist until United States gave the jewish Palestine land..Its even in your "Bible"..go look at the old world map, You can see there was NO Israel! SO this means that Palestine is fighting for Their own land back..How would you like it if I came into your house and told you this half of it is mine and your not allow to come into your kitchen or whatever??? its the same thing that Israel doing to Palestine!! and yes I am 100% AMERICAN and I see and know whats really going on!
  • by Wondering Location: E Ky on Mar 28, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    ...it belongs to Israel to do as they wish with it, they reaffirmed it in the July 1967 Six Day War. To the victor go the spoils!
  • by steve on Mar 26, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    Keep on building israel these towel heads are not worried about land they want complete destruction of isreal and it tore apart they all attacked isreal years ago and israel kicked their tail if i was israel i would take more than they did when you are surrouned by thugs you have to be bad dudes.Obama is a pathetic joke this guy is the worst president in history.
  • by Diane Location: MtS on Mar 26, 2010 at 07:57 AM
    I'm glad that Netanyahu stood up to Obama. If the Palestinians wanted peace they wouldn't be firing rockets into the civilian population of Israel daily. The Obama stance about the settlements is fueling the Palestinians to terrorize Israel More because They believe that they are getting support for terrorism. That's how bullies interpret things.


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