But can’t seem to man up enough to demand that Ahmadinejad stop building nuclear bombs and threatening the destruction of Israel.
Then again, he probably doesn’t want to offend his Muslim brothers in Iran.
US State Department warned Israeli Ambassador that Israel must halt construction of hotel in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. But a senior Israeli official says in response ‘we will continue to build in Jerusalem; the land in question is private.
The international community considers Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem to be settlements and an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Israel Radio and Army Radio reported Sunday that Israel’s ambassador to the US was summoned to the State Department over the weekend. The stations said Michael Oren was told the project should not go ahead.
The project in question is the construction of the Shepherd Hotel in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. “Israel is building in Jerusalem and will build in the future. The Israeli enforcement and planning bodies are in charge of this.
Earlier Sunday it was reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled meeting with US Mideast envoy George Mitchell was postponed at least until the end of the month. Another meeting between the two, which was set to take place in Paris last month, was also cancelled.
Mitchell was originally due to arrive in Israel on Sunday and later hold meetings with senior Palestinian officials in Ramallah. Jerusalem did not state the official reason for the delay, but some officials suspect it relates to the fact that the Netanyahu and Obama administrations have yet to resolve their differences on the issue of settlement expansion in the West Bank. YNET NEWS
During the campaign, Barack Hussein Obama said “JERUSALEM MUST NEVER BE DIVIDED.”
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