The ongoing Israeli Jews-only house building program in the occupied West Bank is “not helpful” in promoting peace in the Middle East, the Trump White House has announced.
This is the closest that administration has yet come to officially repudiating the Jewish state for ethnically cleansing the Palestinians from the West Bank.
The White House statement, issued by the president’s official Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, was very carefully phrased so as to not offend the Israeli government, headed by Donald Trump’s personal friend Benjamin Netanyahu.
The statement started with the bland—and patently false—claim that the “American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years.”
In fact, the past 50 years has seen billions of dollars—all illegal under the U.S.’s own laws—pumped into propping up the Jewish state, which has waged a high-tech war against the Palestinians who have been driven off their internationally recognized territory through violent coercion.
Furthermore, every single recent foreign war in which America has been involved—from Iraq to Afghanistan—has been caused directly by the U.S.’s support of Israel and the Jewish lobby’s control over Washington D.C.
Even the attacks of 9-11 were directly caused by the alienation of the entire Arab and Muslim world against America. This alienation is the direct result of the fact that it is with American weapons and money that the Israelis are able to carry out their policy of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians.
The new White House statement went on to say that “While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal.”
This statement is also a lie. The Israeli settlements are a massive obstacle to peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
The 800,000 or more Jews—of the most fanatic sort—who have now illegally seized Palestinian land through these settlements are directly supported by the Israeli government.
These settlers are seen by Tel Aviv as the bridgehead into permanently occupying what they call “Judea and Samaria”—the West Bank, which is territory apportioned to the Palestinians in terms of the original 1948 United Nations’ partition of Palestine.
To claim that these settlements are not “an impediment to peace” is a staggering lie, and indicative of how far the Trump administration is trying to accommodate the Jewish lobby.
The White House statement ended by asserting that the “Trump administration has not taken an official position on settlement activity and looks forward to continuing discussions, including with Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits with President Trump later this month.”
Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Post claimed that a “senior administration official” had told them that “Trump is committed to a comprehensive two-state solution”—in other words, the exact same policy which the previous U.S. President, Barack Obama, had pursued.
The building of new houses for thousands of Jews in the Palestinian territory, as announced by Israel recently, is clearly in contradiction to this policy.
Under Trump’s leadership, reference to a two-state solution was removed from the Republican Party platform, and his designated envoy to Israel—a Jew named David Friedman—is well-known for his support of the illegal seizure of Palestinian land via the settlement process.
The Jerusalem Post also revealed that, contrary to earlier reports which said that the Israeli government had announced the building of 3,000 new Jews-only housing units since Trump took office, the true figure was actually over 5,500.
The U.S. official also allegedly told the Jerusalem Post that the White House had not been consulted on Israel’s unprecedented building spree which had been announced in the first two weeks of Trump’s administration.
“With that in mind, we urge all parties to refrain from taking unilateral actions that could undermine our ability to make progress, including settlement announcements,” the official told the Jerusalem Post.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu reiterated his support for the Jewish settlement invasion. During a visit last week to Ariel, an illegal settlement in the Occupied West Bank located 12 miles east of the official Israeli border, Netanyahu announced that he had authorized the building of another 900 new houses in that city.
Once again, all these houses are reserved for Jews only—a discriminatory policy which, under U.S. and European laws, would be illegal.