Recently in Jerusalem
Following is an English translation of the article:
This development was predictable (and predicted). Which is really the theme here.
"While no American government has ever recognized Israeli sovereignty over any part of the ancient capital, it is equally true never before had an American president made an issue of the building of homes in the existing Jewish neighborhoods begun in the immediate aftermath of the reunification of the city in 1967. Though settlement building in the West Bank has been a constant source of tension, and projects such as the one at Har Homa outside these Jewish sections of the city (although it was on vacant, Jewish-owned land) were disputed by Washington, housing in places like Ramat Sharon had never been a bone of contention."(emphasis added)
You'd think before anyone would make such a categorical assertion in print (or even online), he'd first bother to check the facts. Because the facts are easy to check.
The Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem are getting out of control and endanger the two state solution.
See Peace Now's simplified primer on the status of Jerusalem.
Today, the Israeli Peace Now movement organized a tour of Jerusalem for Israeli and Palestinian leaders, including members of parliament.
The article, which has not been picked up by the English-language press, notes that "One expression of the new phenomenon was seen last Wednesday, after the terror attack in Jerusalem: Several skinheads attacked Arab passers-by near the site of the attack outside the Jerusalem International Convention Center, including one Arab woman from East Jerusalem."
Full article (translation by Israel News Today), after the break.