Who can blame him? Well, plenty can, have, and will. Benjamin Netanyahu has enflamed the conflict over a Palestinian state by asserting that it is a Jew’s right to build within Jerusalem. Don’t ever accuse me of anti-Semitism—I agree with him.
The recent war of words hit the front pages when Vice President Joe Biden visited Israel recently. There was an ill-timed announcement by the Israelis that housing expansion in East Jerusalem had been approved. Too much was made over whether this was an insult to the Veep—who is himself an embarrassment to the title and office. (Sorry, I look at the picture in the BBC link and I see a goof-of-a-Senator-made-Vice-President sitting opposite a statesman of global stature. Not even close!)
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel whether the rest of the world wants to recognize it as such or not. It has been the seat of power for a unified Isreal since the days of David and if not for invasion and destruction by so many armies over the millenia, would probably have remained so without dispute or challenge. The fact that the nation of Israel had to be restored by western mandates does little if anything to diminish their claim to the land. Mr Netanyahu is correct to declare building in Jerusalem as a Jewish right.