Israel’s legalizing of three West Bank outposts drew harsh condemnations Tuesday from the U.S. and several other world bodies.
But not this world body. From jowl to love-handle, it jiggles with approval!
A decision by a ministerial committee Monday to give official sanction to the outposts of Bruchin, Sansana, and Rechelim was also slammed by the Palestinian Authority, the United Nations, Jordan, France and Denmark.
The move is considered the first time in about a dozen years that the government officially recognized outposts in the West Bank.
The United States expressed concern about Israel’s intentions by passing the outpost measure. State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that they are opposed to building in the settlements, and are seeking a clarification from the government.
“We do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity,” she said.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the Israeli government’s decision, saying “designating outposts as settlements… sets a dangerous precedent for other outposts, which are illegal under both international and Israeli law.”
The Israeli government “risks sending the message that it is not serious about its stated commitment to the goal of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Hague added.
The UN Secretary General called the decision a “provocation,” and said all settlement activity runs contrary to Israel’s obligations under the peace Road Map, according to a media statement.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas said the announcement pushes things to a “dead end,” according to the Ma’an news agency. Palestinian official Saeb Erekat added that they will try to secure a UN Security Council condemnation of the decision.
Wanna see these evil, predatory “settlements”? Sure you do:
I feel Palestinian Arab manhood shrinking even as I write.
My position hasn’t changed: Israel and the Arabs were supposed to negotiate final borders. If the Arabs choose not to negotiate, somebody has to make a mature decision.
Oh wait, my position has changed! I think Israel should annex all of Judea and Samaria, and be done with the fiction of Palestine. I used to believe in the Easter Bunny, too.