Posted by Chris McKinny | Posted in Google Earth , Modern Israel | Posted on 3:09 AM
Normally I steer clear of political discussion on this blog. Main reason being I don't find typical political discussion to be all that interesting (many long hours listening to talk radio on the tractor attributed to my apathy on the matter), which means I rarely follow the debates because I try to form my opinion and then just stay out of it. However, the recent Obama vs. Netanyahu debate over Jerusalem "settlements" has tickled my interest in a great way.
In short the Biden and Clinton chiding of Israel on the matter is utterly pathetic all you have to do is look at a map. Their arguments against Israel's building project in Ramat Shlomo in no way reflects the facts on the ground. Ramat Shlomo was founded after the 1967 6-Day War in which Israel re-unified West Jerusalem (Israel) with East Jerusalem (Jordan) and laid claim. The "settlement" was built in an attempt to protect Israeli control of the land they had just conquered (by the way they conquered it after they were attacked). Since 1967 Ramat Shlomo has grown substantially along with a number of suburbs along both in Jerusalem's municipality and along its periphery. More than that Ramat Shlomo is directly connected to Jerusalem proper there is no division between it and the rest of Jerusalem, no boundary, no dividing marker, no Arab village dividing it - the "wall of separation" runs well north of the site of Ramat Shlomo. Perhaps most ludicrous of all is the building projects themselves - Ramat Shlomo sits on a hill all by itself - no building within Ramat Shlomo will affect the nearby Arab village there is a clear distinction in land between the two.