‘Building for Jews Bad for US’

Clinton tells AIPAC: building for Jews in united Jerusalem is bad for US and peace. She did not refer to Arab building, terror and incitement.

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu , | updated: 4:33 PM

Secretary of State Clinton
Secretary of State Clinton
Israel news photo: Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has refused to back down to Israel’s insistence on building for Jews in all of Jerusalem and charged that construction projects undermine "America's unique ability to play a role -- an essential role, I might add -- in the peace process."

Speaking to more than 7,000 delegates at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) convention in Washington, she maintained that her criticism of Israel’s policy does not conflict with the fact that her "commitment to Israel's security and Israel's future is rock solid, unwavering, enduring and forever.”

Her speech indicates that the Obama administration intends to back PA demands over Jerusalem and limit, if not eliminate, "negotiations” over the status of the city which Israel's government says will not be divided again.

Secretary Clinton did not refer to building for Arabs in the capital, which the United States wants to see as the seat of a future Palestinian Authority state. The American government does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel because of Israel’s declared sovereignty over the united city.

She mentioned only once the continued PA incitement against Israel, without referring to the PA by name despite its commitment to halt encouragement of terror and hatred against Israel. The Secretary of State charged that Arab "instigators" called on Muslims to defend mosques from Jewish "attacks" following last week's dedication of the restored Hurva synagogue (pictured), which was destroyed by Jordan in the War for Independence in 1948.

The crowd cheered her remarks of support for Israel, but many also cheered when the huge television screens in the convention center showed an image of former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Clinton, undaunted by  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s remarks to the Cabinet Sunday that Israel will continue to "build in Jerusalem just as it does in Tel Aviv,” stated that the American view is best for Israel’s future.

“We are determined to keep moving forward along a path that ensures Israel's future as a secure and democratic Jewish state living in peace with its Palestinian neighbors, who can realize their own legitimate aspirations,” she declared. "We do not want to see that progress jeopardized."

AIPAC has taken a stand against the Obama administration’s opposition to construction for Jews in areas of Jerusalem that were restored to the Jewish State in the Six-Day War in 1967 and where 300,000 Jews live, almost all of  them in wholly Jewish neighborhoods.  

Prime Minister Netanyahu is to address AIPAC Monday evening in a speech that is likely to maintain the sharp difference between the two allies.