Monday, June 10, 2013

News the HP Doesn't Cover: Israeli Steps for Peace

Two brief news items today showing the steps Israel is making for peace that the Huffington Post would never cover.

A "de facto" freeze on new buildings in Jerusalem:

"No new construction projects have been started in East Jerusalem since the beginning of 2013, Army Radio reported Monday, prompting right-wing politicians to accuse the government of an unofficial construction freeze in Jewish neighborhoods over the Green Line.
Anonymous sources in the Housing Ministry, Israel Lands Authority and Jerusalem Municipality all blamed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for stopping various building and construction plans from moving forward, the report said.
Unnamed sources in the Housing Ministry, headed by Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home party, told the radio station that there were “people in the Prime Minister’s Office” making sure projects in East Jerusalem were hindered from the get-go.
Data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics showed not a single new project was started or planned in the neighborhoods in question since the start of 2013, whereas a document on housing starts showed that building in the West Bank — excluding Jerusalem — jumped from 313 housing starts between January and March last year to 865 the same period this year."
 Abbas rejected something for nothing:

"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year offered to free 50 Palestinian security prisoners who have been held since before the Oslo Accords of the early 1990s, in a bid to get Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to come back to the peace table, The Times of Israel has learned.
However, Abbas rejected the offer.
Today, a senior Palestinian official told The Times of Israel, the Palestinians might agree to renew talks with Israel if Netanyahu releases all 107 of the pre-Oslo veterans still in jail, most of whom have blood on their hands.
The Prime Minister’s Office had no comment on the matter."

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