25 March '10
Stand up comedian: Vice President Biden (h/t The Muqata last week):
"I just got back from five days in the Middle East," Biden said. "I love to travel, but it's great to be back to a place where a boom in housing construction is actually a good thing," he said. Israel announced during Biden's visit that it had approved construction of 1,600 homes in East Jerusalem, a move which the U.S. called an "insult" due to its timing. (Haaretz)
Israelly Cool observed:
That's really funny, especially to those who have lost their homes and may stand to lose their homes in future thanks to the US pressure on Israel.
And then there's the larger issue of what the administration is trying to accomplish. Israel Matzav wrote two weeks ago:
Because Jerusalem rent is so expensive, young families are trying to move out of the city. But the places that are cheaper that would be attractive to ultra-Orthodox families who would like to be near Jerusalem - Kiryat Sefer and Beitar Ilit - are over the 'green line' where the government has implemented a 'settlement freeze.' So they are looking for solutions in Jerusalem.
People have to live somewhere. Unfortunately, most of the 'international community' would rather that we just leave.
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