|Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 09:51 am: ||
WASHINGTON – In a rare criticism, the Bush administration said Wednesday that if Israel proceeds with construction of a settlement on the West Bank it would violate its peacemaking obligations.
But defending its construction plan, a spokesman for the Israeli embassy said "the settlement is not a new one." It was legally established in 1982, housed an army unit and a school and has had civilians living there for several years, said spokesman David Siegel. The plan is to build within the confines of the existing settlement, he said.
A State Department spokesman, Gonzalo R. Gallegos, said, "The U.S. calls on Israel to meet its road map obligations and avoid taking steps that could be viewed as predetermining the outcome of future negotiations."
"The establishment of a new settlement or the expansion of any existing settlement would violate Israel's obligations under the road map," he said.
"Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 (600,000)(650,00)people paid with their lives; 1600 (2952) (2954) (2964) (2969) (2972) (2980) (2983) (2987) (2989)of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies; 15,000 (22,032) (22,401) of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies." George Galloway