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March 10, 2010
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JOSE DANIEL PELONI   March 10th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

Excellent interview to Mark Regev Hala. But I saw you a little bit nervous on this issue. As a matter of fact, Israel government shouldn´t have taken this decision -WRONG in my opinion- to start building new houses for Israelis in East Jerusalem. It actually is a kind of innecessary provocation and doesn´t help in the least to get to a definitive peace situation. Very bad to announce this while the USA Vicepresident were visiting the area.

nimitz benedicto   March 11th, 2010 3:38 am ET

Ok. assuming their PM wasn't informed on time/they were "surprised",
at least, a sincere apology to VP Biden should have been done. Can you imagine how VP Biden must've felt while announcing"solid ties with Israel...."
– on the other side, there was "unintentional" public announcement of bldg. new settlements?

ralph   March 11th, 2010 5:15 am ET

Wow! No wonder there are so many ill feelings towards the Isrealis. They are shameful!!! Even the citizens are decrying the country's actions. They should b ashamed of their actions. I have a very sour taste in my mouth towards them. The country is deploying despicable actions. It is no wonder they have so many enemies!!!

miriam   March 11th, 2010 6:52 am ET

It's amazing how people ignore the facts.
This was not a government decision, either to propose or plan the building, or to release the report.
Nobody has to apologise for something they have not done.
Nevertheless, the Israeli government has explained her position and surprise at the announcement, which is sufficient.

Yusil   March 13th, 2010 11:14 pm ET

miriam
The American governement will explain its position which will be sufficient!

miriam   March 14th, 2010 7:25 am ET

Yusil,

The difference in the Israeli and US positions is nothing new.
Both know the other's opinion.
Currently, the US is trying to placate the Palestinians who, as usual, will find any excuse to derail the peace process.
The US knows that criticism of Israel is not a danger to their national security. Israelis and their supporters don't threaten or engage in terrorism.
The same cannot be said for the other side.
How much media attention has the naming of a public square in Ramallah after a terrorist responsible for the murder of 38 Israeli and American civilians received?
The US didn't like that but the ceremony went ahead nonetheless, and during Biden's visit.

marc   March 16th, 2010 4:37 am ET

let us be honest Mr Obama was waiting for any insignificant faux pas by Israel to show his enmity towards Benjamin Natanyahu and Israel.
He is starving o show the Arabs that he is the opposite of Bush ...
What Mr Obama is doing is complicating the peace process by demands that he did not have to add , such as demanding a freeze on building ...wow at least he should ask the Palestinians to stop inciting their people to hate .....Obama is an awsome speaker but has much to learn when it comes to politics...

yusif haway   March 16th, 2010 4:01 pm ET

this is nothing new about the israeli the are saying the want to make peace with the pelistian people and the are building settlement how this can work with the watch of the world is the same with us in lebanon since 1982 when israeli enter lebanon the whole world was watching and the didnt say a word and the the war in 2006 israeli kill about 200000 clivilian children and women that were hiding from the booms and the U.S was sending rockets from the U.S through gatewick airport in london to boom lebanon and the israeli saying the want to finish to hosbulah group but they were not killing the hosbulah people the were killing the clivian i lost about 21 member of my familly in lebanon during the war in 2006

miriam   March 16th, 2010 4:57 pm ET

Yusif,

You are right making the point that this is nothing new.
Israel does want to make peace and has made concession after concession and offer after offer only to be rebuffed ever time.

Every Israeli government has declared that Jewish neighbourhoods in Jerusalem will be developed, none of which effects any Arab neighbourhood.

During every series of negotiations, Israel has continued building and the Palestinians never conditioned the talks on cessation of building.
As Marc states, the Obama administration made it an issue and have consequently dug a pit for themselves from which they cannot escape and sent Abbas up a tree from which he cannot descend.

If you have a problem with Hizbollah in Lebanon you are better off taking your grievences to the Lebanese, Syrian and Iranian governments.

You could try the US as well but I don't believe that will make the slightest bit of difference while they continue cuddling-up to the real trouble-makers.

yusif   March 17th, 2010 2:39 pm ET

miriam
i dont have any problems with hizbullah because the are the only people that are working for the people of lebanon the problem i have as a citizen of lebanon and liveing in the united kingdom is that we the arabs are fighting for our land and the other arabs are standing looking at us with no comment or with out saying a word

miriam   March 18th, 2010 5:05 am ET

yusif,

Israel is not interested in Lebanese land.
She is just interested in defending her land from cross-border attacks from all directions.

ola   March 22nd, 2010 11:55 am ET

May I begin in saying that the killing of millions of Jews was wrong.I can see where the insecurity comes from,however the continuous bullying of the Palestines must stop. Hamas must stop the shelling,UN and the rest of the world must take a strong stance against Israel.

I am a great fan of President Obama ,but the US must be strong and take a tough action against Israel and Hamas. The so called Apac group,Jewish lobby group must be ignored.

If by solving the Jewish/Palentine problem makes President Obama a one term President so be it. He will go down in history as someone who cared and not a politician who his worried about his term in office.

The killing of kids armed with stones are not justfied, why do we have teargas and rubber bullets.

That my 2 cent.

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