Netanyahu strongly rejects US censure of Israeli housing moves in Jerusalem

Prime minister rejects US stand that Jews can’t buy homes throughout Jerusalem, says Peace Now lacks “national responsibility.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
ShowImage.jpg23Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu waves as he departs the White House after his meeting with US President Barack Obama, October 1, 2014. (photo credit:REUTERS)

NEW YORK – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continued to fight back publicly on Thursday against White House criticism of recent Israeli construction plans in Jerusalem, telling the US media that he was “baffled” by some of it.

The White House had charged that Israeli actions over the Green Line in Jerusalem, both in the neighborhoods of Givat Hamatos and Silwan, had poisoned the atmosphere and distanced Israel even from its closest friends.

Netanyahu told MSNBC that the criticism of the building plans for 2,610 homes in Givat Hamatos was leveled at a new neighborhood, in which half were earmarked for Palestinians who would live alongside their Jewish neighbors.
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