If Obama spent half the time he does bashing Israel he might be able to figure out a strategy to stop ISIS.
The US rebuked Israel Sunday overnight after it announced a land appropriation in the West Bank, calling the move “counterproductive” to efforts to achieve a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, and urging Jerusalem to reverse the decision.
Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration on Sunday.
The notice published on Sunday by the Israeli military gave no reason for the land appropriation decision, while Israeli media reported the move was in response to the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens. Tensions stoked by the kidnapping quickly spread to Israel’s border with Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas, and the two sides engaged in a seven-week war that ended on Tuesday with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.