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last updated March 9, 2010
published March 9, 2010
US VP Joe Biden Statement on Israeli Settlement Announcement
March 9, 2010
Read more:  Joe Biden, Joseph Biden, settlements, US policy, US foreign policy
Summary: US Vice-President Joe Biden condemns the announcement of Israeli housing starts in East Jerusalem during his visit to the region.
News
‘Citizen journalism‘ focuses on Israeli occupation
May 24, 2012
‘No travel‘ order issued to Palestinian settlement expert
Feb. 4, 2010
‘Price tag‘ attack targets co-existence village
June 10, 2012


Multimedia
al-Jazeera Int: Dining with Terrorists, Fighting Occupation Pt. 1
al-Jazeera Int: Dining with Terrorists, Fighting Occupation Pt. 2.
Al-Jazeera Int: Riz Khan on a new US approach?
Al-Jazeera Int: US President Barack Obama on zzz*zseigezzz*z of Gaza


Documents
A Comparative Analysis of Israeli Settlement Construction in the West Bank between 2004 and 2008
OCHA - The Humanitarian Monitor - February 2009
Benjamin Netanyahu's Interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos


Publications
Foreign Aid and Development in Palestine - Phase I Report
Foreign Aid and Development in Palestine - Phase III Report
Mortgaging Self-Reliance: Foreign Aid and Development in Palestine - Phase II Report


Background
Bilin
Camp David II
Closure


Resources
"Ariel College upgrades status," Haaretz, Aug. 2, 2007
"Israel to keep major settlement," BBC, March 14, 2006
"The Big Freeze", interview with Dov Weisglass, Oct. 8, 2004


Document Text
I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem. The substance and timing of the announcement, particularly with the launching of proximity talks, is precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now and runs counter to the constructive discussions that I’ve had here in Israel. We must build an atmosphere to support negotiations, not complicate them.

This announcement underscores the need to get negotiations under way that can resolve all the outstanding issues of the conflict. The United States recognizes that Jerusalem is a deeply important issue for Israelis and Palestinians and for Jews, Muslims and Christians. We believe that through good faith negotiations, the parties can mutually agree on an outcome that realizes the aspirations of both parties for Jerusalem and safeguards its status for people around the world.  Unilateral action taken by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations on permanent status issues. As George Mitchell said in announcing the proximity talks, "we encourage the parties and all concerned to refrain from any statements or actions which may inflame tensions or prejudice the outcome of these talks.
Document Text
I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem. The substance and timing of the announcement, particularly with the launching of proximity talks, is precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now and runs counter to the constructive discussions that I’ve had here in Israel. We must build an atmosphere to support negotiations, not complicate them.

This announcement underscores the need to get negotiations under way that can resolve all the outstanding issues of the conflict. The United States recognizes that Jerusalem is a deeply important issue for Israelis and Palestinians and for Jews, Muslims and Christians. We believe that through good faith negotiations, the parties can mutually agree on an outcome that realizes the aspirations of both parties for Jerusalem and safeguards its status for people around the world.  Unilateral action taken by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations on permanent status issues. As George Mitchell said in announcing the proximity talks, "we encourage the parties and all concerned to refrain from any statements or actions which may inflame tensions or prejudice the outcome of these talks.
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