"Gilo is part of Jerusalem and Jerusalem is part of Israel," he added.
Gilo Community Center director Yaffa Shitrit also reacted. He attributed EU criticism to "a lack of understanding over Gilo's location. They need to look at the map," he said. "When they get here, they'll understand that it's not a settlement, it's part of Jerusalem."
Wherever it is, a settlement on stolen Palestinian land is a settlement.
Tens of thousands of new apartments are needed, Shitrit added. Unsaid was that building them requires stealing more Palestinian land.
At the same time, he and Gilo's Community Center express concern for how construction destroys forest areas and increases traffic congestion. Throw in more pollution to boot.
On October 22, AP headlined "Former US President Jimmy Carter: Israeli-Palestinian peace is 'vanishing,' " saying:
During a Jerusalem visit, he blamed Israel's West Bank/Jerusalem settlement project. He called what's ongoing "catastrophic." Israel bears full responsibility for making Palestinian self-determination "unviable."
"We've reached a crisis stage," said Carter. "The two-state solution is the only realistic path to peace and security for Israel and the Palestinians."
Years ago, two states were possible. No longer. Israel controls over half the West Bank and much of East Jerusalem. More is added daily.
Carter planned 48 hours in Israel. He led a delegation called "The Elders." In 2007, Nelson Mandela formed it. Its members include noted public figures, human rights advocates, and elder statesmen.
Former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brudtland and former Irish president Mary Robinson accompanied him. Mandela is now an honorary Elder. At age 94, he's less active.
Carter said he won't meet Netanyahu. He was denied earlier meetings. At issue is Carter's outspokenness and writings. His book "Peace Not Apartheid" made few Likudnik and other hardline friends.
He took direct aim at Israel's settlement project. On October 23, he and Elders with him left for Egypt. They'll meet President Mohammed Morsi.
On October 23, Haaretz contributor Merav Michaeli headlined "Contempt for peace."
She condemned Lieberman's comments about Ashton and EU states. His "statement may qualify as the world's most impudent joke," she said. A week earlier, he praised EU leaders for stiffening sanctions on Iran.