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Biden Unhappy Over Israel's Jerusalem Settlement Plan

"The substance and timing of the announcement, particularly with the launching of proximity talks, is precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now" -U.S. Vice Pres. Joe Biden on Israeli settlement expansion.

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Israel doesn't like the word 'colonizing' but that is what the settlements amount to. Palestinians have lost almost all their land, and these apartments are being constructed on their remaining land. Al-Jazeera photo

(JERUSALEM / SALEM) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has strong words for Israel's approval of a plan to build 1600 new apartments in a disputed East Jerusalem Neighborhood, Ramat Shlomo; a neighborhood of mostly Orthodox Jews.

Israel annexed almost all of Palestine after the Six Day War in 1967, but the annexation was never internationally recognized. The Zionist movement within the Jewish community by many accounts, has the goal of removing all Palestinians from this land that is native to them.

Many call it genocide.

Biden learned of the plan to build more homes on more Palestinian land just after finishing dinner with Israeli officials.

He was not happy, saying, "The substance and timing of the announcement, particularly with the launching of proximity talks, is precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now."

Vice-President Joe Biden, and the US Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to hold indirect negotiations after more than a year of deep freeze.

But after the announcement of the decision to approve the settlements, which by all accounts are the greatest obstacle to peace, and a source of continual indignation for the Palestinian people who have beem all but removed from what is now Israel.

Biden said, "We must build an atmosphere to support negotiations, not complicate them."

"Unilateral action taken by either party can not prejudge the outcome of negotiations."

As this important period of negotiation grows nearer, the ties could begin to fray.

This comes a day before an Israeli court in Haifa will hear the civil case involving the death of Washington college student Rachel Corrie, who was run down by an Israeli bulldozer operator while trying to prevent the destruction of Palestinian homes in Rafa, at Gaza.

As Israel builds settlements, it continues to destroy Palestinian homes with bulldozers, and in some cases they literally force Palestinian families into homelessness so Jewish Israelis can move into the homes that the Palestinian families had owned for several generations.

Israel doesn't reserve the ill treatment for only the poorer Palestinians, even those with high educations and comfortable lives are frequently routed from their family homes by Israeli Defense Forces and police.

Israel's move to expand illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank a day after agreeing to talks, has turned things frosty again, as Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman reports. The way things are looking, the latest talks may not even get off the ground. Report filed 09 Mar 2010.

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Swanny March 16, 2010 8:34 pm (Pacific time)

You have no idea what you are talking about, and it's scary you have the platform of a newspaper to spout off in. Any idea that the REAL issue has always been the Arab's refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state? Please remember who hates the West and cheered the 9/11 attacks, and who our friends are.

Tim King: You could not be more wrong, and be glad that we allow you a place to 'spout off' because that is what is taking place.  So if I take your house and tell you to sit on the doorstep,would you do it?  The land that comprises Israel is mostly stolen.  More is stolen every day.  The Zionists have the biggest entitlement problem known to man.  The Palestinians can't even raise their voices in a call for peace without the IOF shooting at then, it is disgusting behavior that Israel hands out and it is getting worse by the say Swanny.  That ought to give you something to spout about, but you have to speak truth.

Osotan; March 14, 2010 7:05 pm (Pacific time)

cut off their funding???, are you serious??? If we did that israel would cease to exist!! Jeff Kaye.,you may be in danger of hating israel with comments like that. On the other hand,it might be a good idea to spend the $10,000,000 a DAY in say ..,the USA rather than continuing support for the superior minded Hebrews,those ones so intersted in their own powerfl existance they forgot the world has other inhabitants as well. Any chance the old testament was sort of like the new one? As in a man made construct put in place to control the worlds institutional manipulation of people and places? Just speculating, I don't want people to think too much that maybe all of us have been systematically lied to.

Jeff Kaye~ March 14, 2010 12:06 pm (Pacific time)

Israel has no interest in brokering peace with Palestine. They want the US to invade Iran, just like they sucked us into Iraq. ISRAEL is the country we should occupy; dismantle their nukes, and free Gaza! Kick all the fat Nazionist pigs out of previously multi-generationally-owned Palestianian territory. Netanyahu is a Yahoo alright, he's a war criminal. He should be tried and hung like Saddam Hussein. We, the people, of these United States of America are getting sick to death of Israel's war games and smug persecution of indigenous peoples. THEY are the invaders. Cut off their funding, impose sanctions like we did on Cuba and Iran. The difference here is... They deserve it.

Osotan; March 10, 2010 9:14 pm (Pacific time)

israel's leadership must be quaking in their combat boots., what with Joe Biden himself, in the flesh, being "unhappy" over their continued settlement expansion. So tell me Joe.,what else is new? Did you miss any meals or otherwise suffer inconvenience on your mission? I almost want to laugh.The circus rolls on.

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