Israel is moving forward with development of Jewish settlements in a contentious area east of Jerusalem, defying the United States by advancing a project that has long been condemned by Washington as effectively dooming any prospect of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A day after the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to upgrade the status of the Palestinians, a senior Israeli official said the government would pursue “preliminary zoning and planning preparations” for a development that would separate the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem from Jerusalem. If such a project were to go beyond blueprints, it could prevent the creation of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state. ...NYT
This isn't a nation. This is a nasty little rich kid kicking down the fence between his toy-filled yard and his neighbor's garden and then going in there and peeing on everything. And we are supposed to think of him as one of our most valued friends. He's not. He's just rich and nasty.