Better late than never, the Obama administration had sharp words for the Palestinians. Normally, the Administration uses these words with Israel when it announces building plans in its capital, Jerusalem, but for once the Palestinians get slapped on the hand:
“Regarding a claim by a senior Palestinian official of the Western Wall is an Islamic Waqf, we strongly condemn these comments and fully reject them as factually incorrect, insensitive and highly provocative,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday. “We have repeatedly raised with the Palestinian Authority leadership the need to consistently combat all forms of de-legitimization of Israel, including denying historic Jewish connections to the land.”
Crowley is the guy who had a problem answering the question, “Does the US consider Israel a Jewish state” a few weeks ago, when after a few moments of verbal acrobatics, he finally relented under tough questioning from a reporter and acknowledged that Israel is a Jewish state. Phew.
What is really odd is how this Western Wall story has not been picked up by the media.