The terrorist-friendly Obama administration sharply criticized Israel for designating the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb, both in West Bank cities, to the list of Jewish heritage sites marked for renovation and preservation.
The government’s decision, announced Sunday, sparked Palestinian protests and has drawn criticism from other quarters, including the United Nations. (Surprise, surprise) The Palestinians claim all the West Bank as part of a future state and also protested the Israeli move as a provocation, a largely symbolic gesture. The move heightened long-standing tensions, particularly in Hebron, where Palestinians planned to march Thursday to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the Baruch Goldstein massacre.
US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the administration viewed the
move as provocative and unhelpful to the goal of getting the two sides back to the table. (And this is a BAD thing because?) Toner said US displeasure with the designations of the Cave of the Patriarchs in the flash point town of Hebron and the traditional tomb of the biblical matriarch Rachel in Bethlehem had been conveyed to senior Israeli officials by American diplomats.
The criticism came as US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she hopes long-stalled peace talks between Israelis and the Palestinians will resume. Clinton told a congressional committee that groundwork is being laid to restart the talks with the help of US special envoy George Mitchell.
The United States, Russia and their Middle East peace partners are trying to organize a strategy session among top diplomats next month in Moscow to prod the two sides to relaunch the negotiations. “We hope that that will commence shortly,” Clinton told the Senate Appropriations Committee, referring to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. “We think it is absolutely necessary that they begin to talk about the final-status issues that divide them, that have perpetuated the conflict over all of these years.” JERUSALEM POST
Carl in Jerusalem says,“Like the UN, the US, and even the Arab countries, dismiss Jewish history because we do. We are still paying the price for Moshe Dayan’s failure to expel the Arabs in 1967 when it could have been done and no one would have batted an eyelash. And each time we propose to give the Arabs parts of the Land of Israel, we cheapen our own history a little bit more.”