U.S. slams Israel on new settlement plan

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    Dec. 4, 2012 10:31 a.m.

    1. This is not occupied land. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel and the Jewish people.
    2. It is a small part of what was granted to them in the Balfour Declaration of 1947.
    3. The land has never belonged to the so-called palestinians. It was disputed territory until the 1967 war at which time Israel re-established its authority over the area.
    4. Take a look at the map. Israel possessing this land does NOT divide the west bank in half.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    The problem of how the British partitioned all their colonial accessions is what caused almost all wars since they did it except for North Korea.

    Since it was done that way for so many countries, their logic still has us dealing with those countries that have so many strifes internally in those countries.

    The "Palestinians" believe they have some rights just as the various factions in other partitioned countries from the 1930s and 1940s.

    Israel as a government hasn't been perfect but the Palestinians aren't the only ones that has been fighting in Israel. The other surrounding countries have fought against Israel since 1947. Israel was given the right to govern their piece of property and that is not easy for Israel as Israel is also more than the Jewish section of Israel.

    Our various administrations since 1947 has negotiated with and for Israel to help settle this difficult task. Israel's elections can happen quicker than our 4 years and change their party status.

    Our President has been campaigning for his reelection he just won for 4 years. His international policy making with the extreme experienced Vice-President as his counselor has not produced the Nobel Peace President we have.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 3, 2012 7:24 p.m.

    Israel is its own worst enemy. They are losing any moral high ground or sympathy. How sad.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Dec. 3, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    they have not during the tenure of the past several presidents but nice of you to try to lay it all at Obama's feet.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 3, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    The public will now get to see how President Obama handles North Korea, Iran, and Israel as major dis-stabilizing influences to the security of global peace and prosperity, each of which have the potential for nuclear retaliation. Can the world come to a unified agreement on addressing each of these global threats?