First, 3,000 new homes for Israeli families.
Israeli government continues to punish Palestinians over UN bid: Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz stated Sunday morning that he would not transfer the tax payments collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority this month.
The finance minister said, “I have no intention of transferring the tax payments to the PA this month. I plan to use them to offset the Palestinian debt to the Israel Electric Corporation.”
The move followed the approval of 3,000 new housing units beyond the Green Line and the furthering of planning procedures in the area connecting Jerusalem and the town of Ma’aleh Adumim that could prevent the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state.
At the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained Jerusalem’s initial reaction to United Nations General Assembly resolution recognizing Palestine as a non-member state with a quote from the past.
“The attack on Zionism and the State of Israel forces us to reinforce and speed up the implementation of the settlement plans in all the areas the government has decided to settle in. These are not my words, but the words of the government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1975 following the UN resolution that compared Zionism to racism.”
Netanyahu clarified that Israel will “continue to build in Jerusalem and in all the places of the State of Israel’s map of strategic interests. The PA’s unilateral move at the UN is a blatant violation of agreements, and therefore the Israeli government rejects the General Assembly resolution.
“I would like to clarify once again – there will be no Palestinian state without an agreement guaranteeing the security of Israel’s citizen, there will be no Palestinian state before the State of Israel is recognized as the Jewish people’s state, and there will be no Palestinian state before the Palestinians declare the end of the conflict.”
Look, I’m an unabashed Bibi butt-boy: I love the man. But how can anyone argue against this? Let every other country tell Israel where Jews may or may not live. Israel will not be among them. Build, Bibi, build!