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Clinton criticises Israel over E. Jerusalem demolition

Clinton criticises Israel over E. Jerusalem demolition
Wed Mar 4, 2009 2:08pm GMT

* Clinton calls on Israel to halt East Jerusalem demolitions

* Abbas says peace depends on "two-state solution"

* Clinton to raise settlements with next Israel government

By Sue Pleming and Mohammed Assadi

RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 4 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticised Israel on Wednesday over plans to demolish Palestinian homes in Arab East Jerusalem and said Washington would engage Israeli leaders on Jewish settlements.

Calling the planned destruction of more than 80 dwellings "unhelpful", Clinton said after talks with Palestinian leaders: "It is an issue that we intend to raise with the government of Israel and the government at the municipal level in Jerusalem."

Israel says the homes slated for demolition were built without permits.

Palestinians say authorisation from Israel's Jerusalem municipality is nearly impossible to obtain. They accuse Israel of trying to drive them out of East Jerusalem, territory captured in a 1967 war, to make room for Jewish families.

Israel considers all of Jerusalem its "united and eternal" capital, a claim that has not won international recognition. The Palestinian Authority wants East Jerusalem to be the capital of a Palestinian state.

At a news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank, Clinton stopped short of repeating U.S. calls for an immediate cessation of Israeli settlement expansion but promised to follow up on the issue.

"We will be looking for a way to put it on the table along with all the other issues that need to be discussed and resolved," she said.

"I think at this time, we should wait until we have a new Israeli government. That will be soon and then we will look at whatever tools are available," Clinton said repeating her support for creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.


Abbas said that unless Israel's incoming leaders were committed to a two-state solution and halted settlement construction and Jerusalem demolitions, "we will not consider them as peace partners".

Clinton is on her first visit to the region as secretary of state during a time of political transition in Israel, which held an election on Feb. 10 that led to right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu being invited to form a government by April 3.

The Likud party leader's reluctance to commit himself to the creation of a Palestinian state could put him on a collision course with the Obama White House.

With Israel still in political flux and peace talks with the Palestinians stalled, Clinton used her Middle East visit to announce on Tuesday a new approach to improve U.S. relations with Syria.

She said two U.S. officials would go to Damascus for preliminary discussions. Political analysts said the overture could pave the way for a resumption of Israeli-Syrian negotiations and weaken Syria's ties with Iran and Palestinian and Lebanese militant groups.

In a show of support for Abbas's Palestinian Authority, Clinton called it the only legitimate government of the Palestinian people.

The Authority has held sway only in the West Bank after Hamas Islamists wrested control of the Gaza Strip from his Fatah faction in fighting in 2007.

The West shuns Hamas over its refusal to recognise Israel, renounce violence and accept existing interim peace deals.

Clinton has said a durable ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, where Israel in December launched a devastating 22-day offensive, hinged on Hamas stopping cross-border rocket salvoes. (Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Editing by Adam Entous) (For blogs and links on Israeli politics and other Israeli and Palestinian news, go to http:/

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She's taking a walk down a path she shouldn't be going. I guarantee that a large number of Israeli supporters will rise up in the heartland of America if this continues.

Many of the Christian faith support Israel, as they feel that this is the Promised Land that God gave them.

The U.S. has no business meddling in this affair, let Israel handle it from within.

I'm not a real dickhead...but I acted like one in high school.
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She is just giving lip service. Deconstruct what she said. "Unhelpful" is the key word. All that word says is that the actions of the Israelis are not positive. That word does not comment on any of the negative. Is she approving? Probably not, but she is not disapproving.
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She's just carrying Obama's water...

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She's just carrying Obama's water...
Actually she is maintaining the Bush doctrine.
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BLAH BLAH BLAH, it only really matters what AIPEC says. True for now, true in the Past and BLAH BLAH BLAH...........................I say F@ck them all already, enough is enough. Cut of the $$$$ and then see what what happens.
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