Obama: East Jerusalem building plans 'unhelpful' to peace efforts
U.S. President Barack Obama cautioned Tuesday that Israel's plan to construct 1,300 new homes in East Jerusalem could obstruct the pursuit of peace in the Middle East.
"This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations," said Obama, adding that he was concerned Israel and Palestinian were not making enough of an effort to advance peace negotiations.
Netanyahu: 'Jerusalem is not a settlement'
"Jerusalem is not a settlement, it is the capitol of Israel," the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday in a sharp response to international criticism to advance plans for 1,345 homes in Jewish neighborhoods of east Jerusalem.
The government never agreed to place any restrictions on construction in Jerusalem, which has 800,000 residents, the prime minister's office said in a statement it issued while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was in New York.
The international community doesn't care what Israel has done so far for peace, not the Oslo retreats, not the Gaza fold out - not even the freeze. And if one country does not follow the anti-Israel line - they are punished:
Canada 'bruised' for pro-Israel stand?
In speech against anti-Semitism, Canadian PM Harper suggests his country did not secure seat at UN Security Council due to its failure to 'go along with this anti-Israel rhetoric'