Monday, March 15, 2010

 

East Jerusalem in the News

This, of course, is not the first time that a president has reacted negatively to Israeli actions in East Jerusalem:

Bush Questions Israeli Claims to East Jerusalem, Creating Uproar - NYTimes.com

…and that would George H. W. Bush back in 1990.

The reaction was swift:

"President Bush's comment two weeks ago opposing new settlements in East Jerusalem was a "heavy-handed blunder" that has contributed to Israel's political crisis and jeopardized the quest for peace in the Mideast, Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-Maine) charged yesterday.

"I am mystified and disappointed by President Bush's decision, at a time when the need for partnership and trust is most crucial, to provoke deep concern about American intentions," said Mitchell in a statement released by his office."


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