A lot of people complain about PM Netanyahu for a variety of reasons, but it's times like this when he earns his medals:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday said he would ignore the international community's condemnation of prospective building plans for Jerusalem across the Green Line, in an interview aired in part on Channel 2.
The interview is scheduled to air in full on Saturday.
"The Western Wall is not occupied territory, and I don't care what the United Nations says," Netanyahu declared in reference to the plans.
"We are living in the Jewish State," Netanyahu said, and "The capital of the Jewish state, for 3,000 years, has been Jerusalem. I want to say it clearly."
"On election day, Israeli citizens will send a message," the prime minister continued, "not only domestically but also to the international community."
"Do you know who will be paying attention to the election results?," Netanyahu added, "[Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad, [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah, [and Hamas chief Khaled] Mashaal, they'll wait for polls to close and for results to be publicized. And they'll want to know if the prime minister was strengthened or weakened."
Netanyahu's statements came in the wake of widespread censure over preliminary plans to construct thousands of new apartment units in the E1 area of Jerusalem located across the Green Line.
In this regard, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday issued veiled threats over the prospective plans, which came on the heels of France's questioning Israel’s commitment to peace and Quartet envoy Tony Blair's issuance of a sharp denunciation.
An official in the Prime Minister Office responded to the condemnations by repeating Jerusalem’s position that all Israel has done over the past three weeks is approve 3,000 housing units in Jerusalem and the large settlement blocs.
“Everything else is just planning and zoning, and all that in areas that will stay part of Israel in any final-status agreement,” the official said.