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March 22, 2016

Jewish Neighborhood Becomes Arab in NY Times AIPAC Story

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In 2010, Israeli approval of 1600 housing units in the Jewish neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo in northern Jerusalem drew U.S. ire

March 23 Update: New York Times Corrects: Ramat Shlomo Not an "Arab Neighborhood"

In their article today in The New York Times, "Clinton and Trump, in Speeches, Vow to Protect Israel but Differ on the Means," Mark Landler and Maggie Haberman err:

In March 2010, while serving as secretary of state, [Hillary Clinton] sharply criticized the Israeli authorities for approving new Jewish housing in an Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem when the United States was trying to get the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

In that speech, which was less warmly received than Monday's, Mrs. Clinton described the American role in the peace process as, if not neutral, then as an honest broker between the two sides. "Our credibility in this process," she said, "depends in part on our willingness to praise both sides when they are courageous, and when we don't agree, to say so, and say so unequivocally. (Emphasis added.)

In fact, the housing in question was not in "an Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem," but in Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish neighborhood in northern Jerusalem located over the 1967 armistice line.

As Mark Landler himself reported at the time ("As U.S. and Israel Meet, Netanyahu Takes Hard Line on Jerusalem Housing," March 23, 2010):

The crowd of 7,000 quieted down quickly when Mrs. Clinton bluntly warned that the status quo in the Middle East was unsustainable, and that Israel's continued construction of Jewish housing was undermining the prospect for peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

Mrs. Clinton defended her rebuke of Mr. Netanyahu's government over its announcement of 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem during Mr. Biden's visit. The move, she said, jeopardized indirect talks that the administration is trying to broker between Israelis and Palestinians.

''Our credibility in this process depends in part on our willingness to praise both sides when they are courageous, and when we don't agree, to say so, and say so unequivocally,'' she said.

In her call to Mr. Netanyahu, she demanded that Israel reverse the housing plan in the neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo; that the Israelis avoid further provocations in Jerusalem during planned peace talks; and that Mr. Netanyahu commit to substantive rather than procedural negotiations with the Palestinians, as Israel has said it would prefer. (Emphases added.)

CAMERA has contacted Times editors to request a correction. Stay tuned for an update.

Posted by TS at March 22, 2016 07:20 AM


Interesting that the replica of 770 (the Brooklyn home of the Lubavitcher Rebbe) and the only brick house in Jerusalem is now suddenly located in an
'Arab' neighborhood. That's taking Chabad outreach a bit far!

Posted by: Menucha Levin at March 23, 2016 05:10 PM

Chaim Ben Pesach has a great take on Hillary and Biden siding with the Palestinians on Netanyahu settling Jews in Israel's Capitol Jerusalem.
This is a must hear.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 27, 2016 06:06 AM

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