Tuesday, November 04, 2014

  • Tuesday, November 04, 2014
  • Elder of Ziyon
2010:
US Vice-President Joe Biden has condemned Israel's approval of 1,600 new homes for ultra-Orthodox Jews in East Jerusalem (Ramat Shlomo).
2012:
Israel is continuing to take retaliatory measures in wake of the United Nations decision last week to accept Palestine as a non-member observer state. In two weeks the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee will discuss a controversial plan to build 1,700 homes in the East Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, in the north of the capital.
2013:
Seeking to provide a counterbalance to the release of 26 terrorist murderers under US pressure, official sources said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Minister of Interior, Gideon Saar, have agreed to immediately approve four housing plans in different parts of Jerusalem.

One of the plans involves the immediate approval for construction of 1,500 new housing units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood. In addition, residents of Ramat Shlomo will be allowed to add rooms of up to 50 square meters to existing housing units.
June 2014:
Ministry of Housing and Construction issued today tenders for 1466 new housing units at the West Bank (1066) ...The 400 new housing units at East Jerusalem are located at Ramat Shlomo neighbourhood.
Yesterday:
An Israeli government committee has advanced plans for 500 settler homes in East Jerusalem, an official says, in the face of disapproval from the United States at construction on occupied Palestinian land.
Each of these events have something in common:
1. They provoke incredible international outcry over "Israeli settlements" and the death of a two state solution.
2. None of them have resulted in a single house being built.

From the NYT today:
But for all the international outrage that Ramat Shlomo has engendered, not a single new home has been built there in a decade.
The NYT article also mentions how incredibly crowded the neighborhood is, and how it is impossible to get building permits to even expand houses - the exact same problem that causes headlines when Arabs cannot get approvals.

No one seriously thinks that Ramat Shlomo will become part of a Palestinian Arab state. All of these news stories cause huge amounts of angst, and give the impression of ever-expanding Israeli encroachment on Arab areas - and it simply isn't so.

It is obvious that most reporters have no interest in reporting the truth about how incredibly little Israeli settlements have expanded in the past 30 years. 

It is equally obvious that the successive Israeli administrations have done an incredibly poor job of telling the world what has been going on, instead letting Peace Now send press releases to the media as many as eight times for each new apartment planned as if it is a huge new terrible development that puts the peace process in crisis.

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