Hours before the Israeli Prime Minister was to meet with the President in the White House, another settlement gets announced. And this in the context of a supposed freeze!

The Jerusalem municipality’s representative on the Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee, Yair Gabai, said Wednesday that all committee deliberations over expansion of construction have been frozen following the recent tensions between Israel and the United States over construction in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo.

“Unfortunately, since [U.S. Vice President] Biden’s visit all the committee’s sessions have been put on hold until further notice,” Gabai said […]

Despite this, the Jerusalem municipality has given final approval to a group of settlers to construct 20 apartments in the compound of the Shepherd Hotel – a controversial hotel in east Jerusalem – Haaretz learned on Tuesday.

It’s one of those unfrozen freezes we’ve been hearing so much about.

The building committee blamed “the left” for releasing the details about the Shepherd Hotel construction – clearly it’s their fault for violating the settlement freeze.

Incidentally, we should take a look at some of the more bad-faith actors in this debate: rich Likudnik Americans.

The Shepherd Hotel in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood was purchased by American Jewish tycoon Irving Moskowitz in 1985 for $1 million.

And the hopes for peace fade ever more…

David Dayen

David Dayen

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