This article was first published on the Council on Foreign Relations site. This week the State Department engaged in a remarkable assault on Israel. Both in tone and in content, it marks a new hostility—and plenty of sheer ignorance. The comment was titled “Recent Israeli Settlement Announcements,” and the full text ran as follows: We are deeply concerned by reports today that the Government of Israel has published tenders for 323 units in East Jerusalem settlements. This follows Monday’s announcement of plans for 770 units in the settlement of Gilo. We strongly oppose settlement activity, which is corrosive to the cause of peace.
The Obama Administration is “deeply concerned” by reports that Government of Israel is allowing their own citizens to build homes and settle in Jerusalem the capital of their own country. I just wish that the same Obama Administration would be just half as “deeply concerned” about the influx of illegal immigrants and Islamic terrorists crossing our open borders and settling in American cities and communities as they are about Israel’s domestic policies.