Netanyahu Pledges Continued Lawlessness
He should be in prison, not political office.
by Stephen Lendman
What else can be expected from Israel's worst ever leader. He's a serial lawbreaker. He deplores democratic values. His contempt for non-Jews is palpable. He calls Palestinians sub-humans. It shows in how he treats them.
Under international law, Israeli settlements are illegal. Fourth Geneva's Article 49 states, "The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies."
Moreover, in July 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled:
"Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and an obstacle to peace and to economic and social development." In addition, they've "been established in breach of international law" on sovereign Palestinian territory.
Netanyahu, past Israeli leaders, and current officials ignore what they're obligated to obey. On October 23, Haaretz published a Reuters report headlined "Netanyahu pledges Israel will continue building in Jerusalem."
He toured Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood. It lies beyond the Green Line. Ahead of Israeli/EU talks, he announced plans for another illegal 800 homes on stolen Palestinian land.
He was defiant like he always is. He has a knack for making enemies. Arrogantly he said, "This is our country. I'll continue to support building in Jerusalem."
"United Jerusalem is Israel's eternal capital," he added. "We have the full right to build in it. We built in Jerusalem. We are building in Jerusalem, and we will continue to build Jerusalem."
Mayor Nir Barkat accompanied Netanyahu. He called Netanyahu a "true friend of Jerusalem." He provides resources and other support. "We will continue to build tens of thousands of apartments throughout the city," he pledged.
In defiance of international law, Netanyahu calls East and West Jerusalem Israel's capital. Currently about 2,000 apartments are in various stages of development. They include 800 just announced. They're planned for Gilo's Western Slopes.
Last week, Jerusalem's Local Planning and Building Committee granted approval. Interior Ministry authorization is required. Consider it rubber stamp.
Likud's position on settlements is hardline, stating: