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:
…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."