Israel Returns Fire

One day after the United Nations General Assembly recognized "Palestine" as a "nonmember observer state" -- a status that it shares only with the Vatican -- an actual state responded. The Netanyahu government quickly fired a shot across the bow of the Palestinian Authority for its decision to court the United Nations rather than negotiate with Israel. Israel announced that it is authorizing the construction of 3000 housing units in East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). Even more brazenly, it intends to proceed with plans for zoning and development in a barren area known as E-1, between Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim to the east, on the road to Jericho. Like Captain Renault in Casablanca, liberal pundits were "shocked, shocked" to realize that the words of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the General Assembly and the votes of its members could so quickly be trumped by the Israeli government. According to the New York Times (in page 1 coverage that read like...(Read Full Post)