US Slams Israel’s West Bank ‘Land Grab’ As ‘Counterproductive’ to Peace


west-bankThe United States sees Israel’s announcement on Sunday of a land appropriation for possible settlement construction in the West Bank as “counterproductive” to peace efforts and urges the Israeli government to reverse the decision, a State Department official said, Reuters reported.

Israel claimed nearly a thousand acres (400 hectares) in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bais Lechem, a move which an anti-settlement group termed the biggest appropriation in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war.

“We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity,” the U.S. official said. ” This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve and construction tender they issue is counterproductive to Israel’s stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians.”

“We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision,” the official said in Washington.



  1. “We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity”

    Only since April 8, 1968. But people will still blame Obama even though it is the same policy that his eight predecessors had.

  2. to comment 3:

    America is a foundation of good freedoms. A democracy. The indian people who were indigenous of this continent were clearly not meant to continue in the same manner if you understand Torah and Divine Providence. It is very sad to see their current state of affairs, but they had every option to limit their aggressions and fears when the settlers arrived. There was no standing government. There was no standing Army. There was no creative assessment of American life under the native tribes and time did not continue the world in their favor.

    Trust in G-d.

    There is a reason for America.

    If you want to blame the world, blame your own lost voice against liberty.

    Time is not an intercession priest of hate.

    The reason for this new world being the way it is today is for Justice and Trust in G-d.

    I do not think that Hashem has ever removed people fast enough from history.

    G-d bless Torah life.

    G-d bless America.

    Trust in Hashem.