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spokesman, opened the daily
press briefing with an unprompt-
ed and unusually blunt rebuke of
Israel. He said that Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton had
spoken to Netanyahu for 45 min-
utes to say that "the United States
considers the announcement
a deeply negative signal about
Israel's approach to the bilateral
relationship and counter to the
spirit of the vice president's trip;
and to reinforce that this action
had undermined trust and confi-
dence in the peace process, and in
The ADL's Foxman had deliv-
ered his own rare rebuke of Israel
earlier in the week, saying the
housing announcement was a
"disaster:' but urged the United
States to "step back" now that
Israel had apologized and to press
forward with renewing peace
talks with the Palestinians.
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Blasting Obama's 'Bias'
Berkley, perhaps the most unyield-
ing pro-Israel stalwart among
Democrats in the House of
Representatives, said the rebukes
suggested a pro-Palestinian bias by
"Where, I ask, was the admin-
istration's outrage over the arrest
and month-long incarceration
by Hamas of a British journal-
ist who was investigating arms
smuggling into Gaza?" she asked.
"Where was the outrage when
the Palestinian Authority this
week named a town square after
a woman who helped carry out
a massive terror attack against
"It has been the P.A. who has
refused to participate in talks for
over a year, not the government of
Israel. Yet once again, no concern
was lodged by the administra-
The Obama administration
routinely condemns Hamas
terrorism and has chided the
Palestinian Authority for drag-
ging its feet on talks. It has made
no statement on the naming
of the square after Dalal al-
Mughrabi, a woman who died
leading a 1978 terrorist attack
in Israel that killed 37 civilians,
including 12 children.
The Palestinian Authority post-
poned the dedication until after
Biden left to avoid embarrassing
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