Israel surrendering to US dictates, laments lawmaker

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad of the National Union Party said on Sunday that the Israeli government had surrendered to America dictates by halting a major building project within the municipal boundaries of the Judean town of Ma'aleh Adumim.

Eldad participated in a march to the top of the hill adjacent to Ma'aleh Adumim known as E1, where plans to build some 3,500 new housing units have been on hold since the start of the land-for-peace process in 1993.

The event at E1 was part of a larger campaign that saw Israeli activists ascend eight barren hilltops near Jewish communities across Judea and Samaria in order to plant the seeds for new neighborhoods and towns in defiance of the international community's efforts to divide the Land of Israel.

Washington has for years been putting pressure on Israel to halt the growth of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria so that the area can be more easily handed over for the creation of a Palestinian Arab state.

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