Of course, there are three lies in that title—Palestinian, Authority, and congratulations, in descending order—but it doesn’t mean we’re not sincere.
In fact, let’s name the new development, indirectly, after one of the great heroes of the Arabs of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.
Call it Polonium Place:
Less than 24 hours after the United Nations voted to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a non-member observer state, Israel has responded by approving construction of new Jewish homes.
On Friday afternoon, the forum of nine senior ministers approved the construction of 3,000 housing units in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
In addition, the nine ministers decided to promote the building of thousands of housing units in Jerusalem and in the so-called ‘settlement blocs’, including the area known as E1 and which connects Jerusalem and Maale Adumim.
A senior diplomatic source said, according to a Channel 2 News report, that “continued construction is done according to Israel’s strategic interests.” The source added that additional measures to respond to the PA’s unilateral move are currently being considered.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned on Thursday night, as the UN approved the PA resolution, that Israel would respond in the manner it would find appropriate.
“By going to the UN, the Palestinians have violated the agreements with Israel and Israel will act accordingly,” said a statement by Netanyahu’s office.
Yup. They asked for it. I couldn’t think of a better way for Israel to celebrate. I hope they design the new communities with thoroughfares called Jimmy Carter Way, Desmond Tutu Drive, The Elders Square. All of that and more. They all contributed to the much-delayed and long-awaited expansion of Greater Israel. They deserve recognition.
Mazel tov! I really couldn’t be happier for you, Israel.
Aggie here with an update:
Obama and the State Department don’t want Jews building more housing in the world’s only Jewish country.
The White House said on Friday a new Israeli settlement expansion plan was “counterproductive” and could make it harder to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.
Note to Israel: Just ignore them.