By JEREMY HAGENBERG EditorIn an interview with The Jerusalem Times, Jerusalem Post political columnist Jodi Rudoren said the Israeli occupation of the West Bank must end, but she said there were “certain limits” to its expansion.
Rudoren was one of several prominent writers and political figures to come out in support of a resolution at the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday calling for an immediate end to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, and for Palestinian unity in the face of the current Israeli occupation.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday that calls on Israel to halt all construction in East Jerusalem and the West bank.
The resolution says that, as part of a settlement of more than 6,000 Israelis, “any Palestinian settlement is illegal under international law, and that it must be uprooted and a sovereign Palestinian state established within its occupied territories.”
The resolution also calls on the Palestinian leadership to ensure that “all Palestinian territories are fully recognized and held in trust by the international community.”
Rudens opinion piece, published on Monday, also criticized the current U.S. administration’s approach to Israel, and the U.K. for its failure to condemn Israeli settlement activity.
“I don’t think that it’s appropriate to go out and say that you’re going to do nothing and expect that the United States, or any other country, is going to stand up and say, ‘We support you,'” she said.
“That’s the wrong approach.
You need to get a handle on what’s happening.
You have to start with Israel and stop there.
And then you have to move on to the Palestinian issue.
But you have got to do it.””
I think we’ve been so complacent,” she continued.
“The U to me, it’s like, ‘How dare you, how dare you?
That’s not how you get things done.
How dare you do that?’
And then we see the Palestinians get out of hand, and you’re just going to keep doing this.”
Ridens comments came as the Trump administration announced a $3 billion package to support the Israeli government’s efforts to rebuild its military and security forces, but it will not include funding for Palestinian security and security projects.
Trump has not yet released a plan to support Palestinian security projects, but Israeli media reports have said the U.”s $3.2 billion package would be a significant increase over a $1 billion package announced last week by President Donald Trump in which he committed to providing $3 trillion in additional aid for Israel and its allies.