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This takes crust. Benjamin Netanyahu went on Face the Nation yesterday and lectured the U.S. on open housing and “ethnic purification” even as he’s trying to swallow up Jerusalem for the Jewish state.

After your meeting with the president last week, the White House issued what some call “a very sharp rebuke,” host Bob Schieffer began. That statement, by State’s Jen Psaki, was that the latest Israeli settlement announcement would alienate Israel from its closest allies and doom the two-state solution.

Netanyahu said three times that he was “baffled” by the criticism.

Well, first of all I had a very good meeting with the president. And  I was baffled by this statement. Because it doesn’t reflect American values. What we’re being criticized for is that some Jewish residents of Jerusalem bought apartments legally from Arabs in a predominantly Arab neighborhood. And this is seen as as terrible thing. You know Arabs in East Jerusalem, Palestinians, buy apartments, thousands of them in the Jewish neighborhoods in West Jerusalem. Nobody says you can’t do it. If I  said to you some place in the United States, Jews cannot buy apartments here. There’d be an uproar. I don’t accept this thing.

I mean, Jews can buy private homes in Arab neighborhoods, Arabs can buy private homes in Jewish neighborhoods. It’s their right. We don’t want to accept something else. And I was absolutely baffled by this. It’s against the American values and it doesn’t bode well for peace. The idea that we’d have this ethnic purification as a condition for peace– I think it’s anti-peace. I think it works against peace. I don’t think it’s a principle that should be condoned, it should be condemned.

Did the president bring it up in the meeting? Schieffer asked. Nope, Netanyahu said.

He raised the general issue of settlements, and I said I think we should address the larger issue… Are the Palestinians ready  to recognize a nation state for the Jewish people, the way that we are willing to recognize a nation state for the Palestinian people. Are they finally willing to come to grips with the existence of Israel and can we create security conditions on the ground? … That remains the real issue. We talked at that level, we did not talk in the specifics of this particular criticism.

You’re about to announce a larger settlement? Schieffer asked.

It’s not a settlement. These are neighborhoods of East Jerusalem… This is three minutes from my office. This is just a neighborhood in Jerusalem. And in this neighborhood that is now being planned, there are about 2400 units. What they didn’t tell you is that 700 of those units are designated for the Arab residents of Jerusalem. They need housing, the Jewish residents of Jerusalem need housing. Why shouldn’t it be? What is this affront to peace. Why can’t Jews and Arabs live together?

I think actually this whole line, that says that Jews cannot buy apartments in Jerusalem, you know, the capital of the Jewish people for the last 3000 years, since King David, or you cannot have mixed housing projects for Jews and Arabs, I think this is anti-peace. I think condemning it is wrong. I’m frankly baffled by it, I think it’s not the American way.

Amazing performance; and Schieffer was completely flatfooted. Israel is completely the Judaization of Jerusalem. Here is Peace Now’s analysis of the latest settlement, Givat Hamatos,which it says is designated for Israelis, not Palestinians, and is intended to ring East Jerusalem with Jewish settlements, foreclosing any possibility of a Palestinian capital in the city, a linchpin of the two-state solution. Netanyahu’s argument would be like Saddam Hussein saying, it’s racist not to allow Iraqis to build or buy in (occupied) Kuwait.  And note that Jews can live anywhere they want around the city, but tens of thousands of Palestinians are prohibited from moving back to stolen property in West Jerusalem.

Note that Obama doesn’t bring things up with Netanyahu in their meeting. Obama is said to loathe Netanyahu. Just going through his paces when they meet. Nothing substantive.

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  1. eljay
    eljay
    October 6, 2014, 11:09 am

    >> Note that Obama doesn’t bring things up with Netanyahu in their meeting.

    Barry’s a Nobel Peace Prize winner – it makes sense that he’d want to remain on peaceful terms with Bibi.

    Barry is not on peaceful terms with the Palestinians because the Palestinians are Hamas* and Hamas is terrrrrrr, and peace kills and maims and tortures and cluster-bombs and occupies and “shocks and awes” and colonizes and regime changes and white phosphorizes and massively collateral damages terrrrrrr. That’s what peace does.

    (*And maybe also Iran and ISIS.)

  2. just
    just
    October 6, 2014, 11:11 am

    “Note that Obama doesn’t bring things up with Netanyahu in their meeting. Obama is said to loathe Netanyahu. Just going through his paces, when they meet, then. Nothing substantive.”

    It was Netanyahu who said it wasn’t brought up.

    He’s a confirmed and proven fabricator and liar. I just wish our MSM wouldn’t give him airtime to do his awful “victory of genocide of Palestinians lap” over and over again.

    • Krauss
      Krauss
      October 6, 2014, 8:11 pm

      Yes, but also this part:

      What is this affront to peace. Why can’t Jews and Arabs live together?

      This should have been Bob’s opening to a counter-question: if that is the case, then why do Palestinians have such a hard time getting a permit of the west side of the green line but Jews don’t?

      Phil said Bibi’s performance was “amazing”. I disagree. It’s more like Bob’s performance was disastrous. He’s a passive poodle. I had the same feeling when reading through Amos Oz’s interview with Deutsche Welle. The interviewer was amazingly passive, and Amos “the peacemaker” was essentially a Likudnik activist throughout the interview, defending the latest mass slaughter to a 100%.

      The issue isn’t hasbara. The issue is the passivity of the older generation who are either Jewish themselves like Bob or have an in-grained mentality that you cannot criticize Jews, like the old sclerotic “journalists” at DW who act like a doormat.

  3. adele
    adele
    October 6, 2014, 11:18 am

    Netanyahu the Truthteller: “It’s not a settlement. These are neighborhoods of East Jerusalem… This is just a neighborhood in Jerusalem….What they didn’t tell you is that 700 of those units are designated for the Arab residents of Jerusalem.”

    Folks, it’s all been just one big misunderstanding the past 66 years. We love Palestinians, we want to live with them so much that we demolish their family homes so that they will move into our apartment blocks. We do it for them. But you know, the food ain’t so bad either. We cook hummus together and sing around the campfire at night. Our core belief is sharing. All good American values that we receive along with the generous annual check and F-16’s.

  4. amigo
    amigo
    October 6, 2014, 11:20 am

    “Are the Palestinians ready to recognize a nation state for the Jewish people, the way that we are willing to recognize a nation state for the Palestinian people.” nietanyahu

    Hmmm??.

    The Likud charter says different.

    a. “The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel.”

    b. “Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem”

    c. “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”

    d. “The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”.

    Doesn,t Obama have a copy of the Likud Charter to dump in nietanyahu,s lap and then tell him to go home and amend it to demonstrate proof of his claim above.

    To get a look inside the skull of bibi the peace maker read the following.

    “By Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man”

    http://972mag.com/everything-elliott-abrams-knows-about-israeli-settlements-is-wrong/96418/

    “Furthermore, in peace talks Netanyahu has refused to present any map that denotes his hopes and plans for negotiated borders. He has also consistently refused to treat agreements reached in previous rounds of negotiations as points of reference, or starting points, in any peace talks in which his government engages. In other words, according to Netanyahu, there is no land destined for a future Palestinian state — only land earmarked for future annexation by Israel.”972mag

  5. Talkback
    Talkback
    October 6, 2014, 11:23 am

    Netanyahu: “Why can’t Jews and Arabs live together?”

    They could before the Zionist criminal project started to take over the country and drive out it’s majority, because of their faith.

    They still can in Palestine, if both have Palestinian citizenship and the Goverment of Palestine agrees to this housing project. They can’t if Non-Palestinians (Jews, Arabs or anyone else) are illegaly settled there under occupation and the occupier decides to illegaly builds houses for them.

    This is about having the certain citizenship and not about belonging to an ethnoreligious group or what racists like Netanyahoo thinks it is about. And when it comes to the crime of settling under occupation, Israel with its borderline criminals are not different from others. Read the Nuremberg Trial for that matter.

    • Kay24
      Kay24
      October 6, 2014, 2:21 pm

      They could live together if the hypocritical Netty lifted the blockade, ended the occupation, and gave them their rights, but hey, the Americans are not supposed to know that.

  6. amigo
    amigo
    October 6, 2014, 11:28 am

    “What they didn’t tell you is that 700 of those units are designated for the Arab residents of Jerusalem. They need housing, the Jewish residents of Jerusalem need housing. Why shouldn’t it be? What is this affront to peace. Why can’t Jews and Arabs live together?” nietanyahu

    Why didn,t Schieffer ask him how may Arabs live in the Jews only illegal Settlements and shut him up.So much for why can,t Jews and Arabs live together.

    It is so painful listening to this lying propagandist and watching Schieffer and co letting him get away with his lies and insults.

  7. Sycamores
    Sycamores
    October 6, 2014, 11:33 am

    Are the Palestinians ready to recognize a nation state for the Jewish people, the way that we are willing to recognize a nation state for the Palestinian people.

    of course not why would the Palestinians recognize a nation state for the Jewish people? the Palestinians already recognize Israel right to exist to expect anything else is lunacy. Netanyahu is really insulting our intelligence here.

  8. American
    American
    October 6, 2014, 11:35 am

    Just more zionist lie fodder for the ignorant and uninformed…and uninformed because of the Zio hold on the US media.

  9. eljay
    eljay
    October 6, 2014, 12:05 pm

    >> Bibi: Are the Palestinians ready to recognize a nation state for the Jewish people, the way that we are willing to recognize a nation state for the Palestinian people.

    “Jewish State” is a religion-supremacist construct – a state of and for people who converted to Judaism or who are descended from someone who converted to Judaism.

    The Palestinians should not be expected or required to recognize or accept “Jewish State” or any other supremacist construct.

    A Palestinian state is not a supremacist construct if it is a secular and democratic state of and for all the citizens of, immigrants to and ex-pats and refugees from the geographic region comprising that state.

  10. Dan Crowther
    Dan Crowther
    October 6, 2014, 12:15 pm

    Bibi gives it away when he gives the breakdown on the new settlement demographics, “designated for Arabs, designated for Jews” sounds anything but democratic.

  11. Steve Macklevore
    Steve Macklevore
    October 6, 2014, 12:40 pm

    “Obama is said to loathe Netanyahu.”

    Then do something about him, Mr Hope and Change!

  12. Shmuel
    Shmuel
    October 6, 2014, 12:49 pm

    What they didn’t tell you is that 700 of those units are designated for the Arab residents of Jerusalem.

    Sure, sure. Like those 800 housing units promised in Walajeh, and 200 in Beit Haninah, and 1800 in Issawiyyeh, and 1,000 in A-Tur. Whatever happened to them, by the way?

    The land in Givat Hamatos was not declared state land in order to build housing for Palestinians (most Palestinians in Jerusalem are not even allowed to buy homes built on state land, administered by the Israel Land Authority — although non-Israeli Jews may do so). That is not what state land is used for in Israel or the territories it occupies, including East Jerusalem — unless it is to ethnically cleanse the area by concentrating Palestinians in designated townships.

    This is why Netanyahu is building at Givat Hamatos — lies about housing for Palestinians notwithstanding: http://www.peacenow.org.il/sites/default/files/2014/FromSept2/GivatHamatosHeb.jpg

    And another lie:
    What we’re being criticized for is that some Jewish residents of Jerusalem bought apartments legally from Arabs in a predominantly Arab neighborhood. And this is seen as as terrible thing… If I said to you some place in the United States, Jews cannot buy apartments here. There’d be an uproar.

    The properties in Silwan were not bought by “Jewish residents of Jerusalem”, but by a settlement association by the name of Elad, which has to pay people to live there (NIS 500/day, according to Haretz). It is not about people buying homes, but about a hostile takeover of the village by an ideologically-motivated (and state-subsidised) organisation that actively seeks to displace Palestinian residents in occupied Palestinian territory and replace them — in violation of international law — with Jews (any Jews will do, as long as they know how to fire a weapon — again, according to Haaretz). To pretend that opposition to Elad’s actions amounts to racism against Jews is simply obscene.

  13. Marnie
    Marnie
    October 6, 2014, 1:05 pm

    “And I was baffled by this statement. Because it doesn’t reflect American values.”

    After his less than sell-out performance at the United Nations, and for this remark too, he should never be allowed to enter the United States again. How should President Obama have reacted (besides a drone attack) to this SOB? All that comes out of his mouth are lies and the fact that he gets air time by american media disgusts me. He is an arrogant piece of filth.

    • Kay24
      Kay24
      October 6, 2014, 2:26 pm

      He truly belongs in the nut house. What chutzpah to tell us what American values are, and what it should be. Every time he visits the White House, he leaves like bitter old woman, insulting the US President, Americans, and blaming everyone for his ills but himself. Much as I am disappointed in Obama, he does behave with more class and diplomacy, compared to that piece of arrogant filth.

      It is time Obama and his administration gave this snake oil salesman the cold shoulder, and time zio slaves like Andrea Michell, Blitzer, and Zakaria, either stopped the soft ball interviews, or brought someone from the other side to point out the endless lies by this man.

  14. Kay24
    Kay24
    October 6, 2014, 2:38 pm

    At least this time the WH has fired back, somewhat:

    “White House: ‘Odd’ of Netanyahu to call our stance on settlements ‘un-American’
    White House resumes criticism of Israel’s decision to continue settlement construction.

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily briefing on Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks that American criticism of Israeli settlement construction was against American values, “did seem odd.”

    “It did seem odd for him to defend Israel’s position by saying US position is un-American,” Earnest said. “American values are why this country’s support for Israel has been unwavering.” Earnest repeated the U.S. criticism of settlement construction and said that continuing it “will send a troubling message” about Israel’s intentions.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.619534

    Now threaten to cut them off from our charity list, Obama.

  15. seafoid
    seafoid
    October 6, 2014, 4:45 pm

    West Bank Palestinians can’t buy property in West Jerusalem.
    Even 48 Palestinians have problems. Sayed Kashua left Jerusalem because of the abuse he and his family got from Jews.
    Israel is not the Hamptons either.

  16. seafoid
    seafoid
    October 6, 2014, 4:49 pm

    William S Burroughs on people like Netanyhau-Milikovsy

    “Beware of whores who say they don’t want money. The hell they don’t. What they mean is they want more money, much more”.

    • DaBakr
      DaBakr
      October 6, 2014, 5:53 pm

      a very odd video on junkie/cynicism which makes no sense in the context of the i/p conflict- except that the regular crowd here who knows your ‘tone’ will assume it relates to something bad about Netanyahu and naturally-Zionists. You must be studying hard from the Leni Riefenstahl handbook

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        October 7, 2014, 2:19 am

        Cheers DaBakr. Bibi is a trauma junkie.

  17. seafoid
    seafoid
    October 6, 2014, 4:58 pm

    “The idea that we’d have this ethnic purification as a condition for peace ”

    Secular Israelis would be horrified!

    http://www.haaretz.com/misc/iphone-article/.premium-1.599667
    “but what is happening in the meantime in distant Israel is far from its “finest hour;” this is one of Israel’s ugliest hours. All the seeds of ultra-nationalism and messianism that have been planted over the past several years are germinating now and blooming in the flower beds of rot. All of the Israeli hatreds have reared their heads in the wake of the kidnapping of three yeshiva students whose place of learning is in the heart of the occupied territory. All of the destructiveness and the intolerance for other views, all of the unity and the falling into rank in Israel have now assembled for the biggest display of ultra-nationalism ever. All the seeds of religiosity have sprouted into a mass prayer service led by the television broadcasters, every single last one of which has volunteered for propaganda duty. No one questions the mass arrests, the re-imprisonment of the Palestinians who were freed in the Gilad Shalit exchange deal, the arrests of members of the Palestinian parliament, the deportations to the Gaza Strip and the warmongering. Anyone who does has sealed his own fate. ”

    WATCH: Israeli racists sing last night “School is out in Gaza/ They have no children left there”

    • just
      just
      October 6, 2014, 5:08 pm

      Levy is unparalleled.

      (it’s also why he has to have bodyguards in his own country!)

    • Kay24
      Kay24
      October 6, 2014, 5:23 pm

      Whenever I see these Israeli mob scenes calling for the blood of Arabs or something like that, I always am reminded of Hitler youth. Netanyahu should do something about his “human animals” first before pointing fingers at others.

  18. Bornajoo
    Bornajoo
    October 6, 2014, 6:56 pm

    Netanyahu is sick and delusional. The problem is he’s in charge and getting away with it! My cousin arrived in London from Haifa last night. She actually supports him and thinks he’s doing a good job, especially the way he slaughtered a couple of thousand defenceless humans in the open air prison just further down her coast line. Nothing I could say could change her stance. She’s lost and I see no way back for her. We had to agree to stop discussing politics otherwise all hell was going to break loose. Hats off to you Mr Netanyahu your fear mongering has worked a treat. They all believe you, whatever you do or whatever you say. I think you are almost ready to begin the mass expulsions which I for one completely believe is the next step in order to achieve their ultimate goal

  19. Keith
    Keith
    October 6, 2014, 6:57 pm

    PHIL- “Amazing performance; and Schieffer was completely flatfooted.”

    It is a very effective propaganda technique to let Netanyahu lie without challenging him on it, leaving the impression that he is telling the truth. More media complicity.

  20. Kay24
    Kay24
    October 6, 2014, 7:46 pm

    White House keeps blasting Nutty again, serves the arrogant fool, right. This is not diplomacy, this is sheer stupidity, to keep biting the hands that feed the, arm them, and protect them at the UN. Nutty is a real buffoon.

    “White House responds to Netanyahu: American values gave Israel the Iron Dome

    White House resumes criticism of Israel’s decision to continue settlement construction, says ‘odd’ of Netanyahu to call stance ‘un-American’.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.619534

  21. scott9854958
    scott9854958
    October 6, 2014, 9:26 pm

    Obama for his alleged hatred of Netanyahu won’t stand up to him and appears totally bullied by him. Let’s recall the last U.S. president to really stand up to Israel was the much-ridiculed George HW Bush back in 1991 when he held up the loan guarantees and outed AIPAC, to his everlasting credit. Cost him a second term.

  22. Kay24
    Kay24
    October 6, 2014, 10:25 pm

    Looks like the MSM is not touching this. If this was some other world leader it would have been one of the top stories, and Blitzer will be yelling about it.

  23. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    October 6, 2014, 11:02 pm

    RE: “This takes crust. Benjamin Netanyahu went on Face the Nation yesterday and lectured the U.S. on open housing and “ethnic purification” even as he’s trying to swallow up Jerusalem for the Jewish state” ~ Weiss

    KING NETANYAHU‘S CHUTZPAH KNOWS NO BOUNDS:
    “Israeli leader: White House criticism un-American”, Associated Press, 10/05/2014
    LINK – http://nypost.com/2014/10/05/netanyahu-white-house-criticism-of-israel-is-un-american/
    “Benjamin Netanyahu and the White House Trade Barbs Over ‘American Values’”, by Fred Lucas, theblaze.com, Oct. 6, 2014
    LINK – http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/06/benjamin-netanyahu-and-the-white-house-trade-barbs-over-american-values/

  24. Kay24
    Kay24
    October 7, 2014, 9:04 am

    CNN is headlining and covering Panetta’s book and the cat fight between Panetta and Obama, while not a word about Bibi’s insulting the WH and criticizing our American values.
    Netty’s transgressions must be overlooked.

  25. Pixel
    Pixel
    October 7, 2014, 4:05 pm

    .
    The MSM is a dangerous joke and “Face the Nation” is one of their biggest comedies.

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