In direct defiance of the 1993 Oslo accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, PLO off-shoot the Palestinian Authority is reportedly opening administrative offices in so-called east Jerusalem - to resounding silence from the Obama administration, which kicked up more than a little dust over plans for Jewish building in the same city.
The decision to relocate the offices, which came just two days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Wednesday meeting with ‘peace’ envoy George Mitchell, was made unilaterally Monday in Ramallah by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and certain members of his Fatah government.
According to Israel National News, “The stated goal is to implant the sense among Jerusalem Arabs that the address for their issues is the PA” - even though Oslo prohibits the organization from operating in Jerusalem because Israel’s capital city is part of the off-limits “permanent status negotiations” not included in the PA’s jurisdiction.
Perhaps Obama is simply too worn out from hosting his Tuesday Jewish-vote-currying kosher lunch for Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel to voice his opposition to this development. We certainly hope he regains his strength and says something, or Israelis and their supporters in the United States may start to think there’s a double standard afoot in the White House when it comes to Israel …