Brain Bush’s Blog

Map of Jerusalem

  • By : Brian Bush
  • December 18, 2012
  • 4:29 pm

Hello All,

Yesterday, in Israel's eyes, the map of Jerusalem changed.

Jerusalem's planning committee, despite European pressure, approved major construction in the West Bank area referred to as E1 that was to be part of the future Palestinian state.

The Israeli Interior Ministry approved these strategic building plans for the same area that caused, back in 2010, extensive diplomatic strain between the US and Israel when Vice President Joe Biden was visiting the region.

Additionally, despite international condemnation of the E-1 construction plans, 1,500 apartments were given the green light for construction.

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's political Likud party has come out saying that the neighborhood is part of Israel.

According to internationally recognized boundaries the area is part of the West Bank.

But the criticism isn't only coming from outside of Israel. Israeli politicians opposed to Mr. Netanyahu are accusing him of garnering right wing votes saying the approval is part of Netanyahu's election campaign to win over right wing voters.

The right see's the action as “strengthening Jerusalem” while the political Left has condemned the approval saying it is done so for “political considerations”

The Palestinians say the move kills the 'two state solution' and will intensify Israel's diplomatic isolation. Some are saying that the Palestinian Authority is threatening to appeal to the UN Security Council over the affair.

Others say that they may take Israel to the International Criminal Court over the matter.

For America's part it has stated that it is “against unilateral steps” made by either party.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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