Washington pressuring Israel not to allow construction in area located between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim as a possible response to the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition November 29 at the UN.
Washington is urging Israel not to allow construction in the area known as E-1 between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim as a possible response to the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition next week at the UN, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Building in E-1, which would create contiguity between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim to the northeast beyond the Green Line, is something various Israeli governments have long wanted to do, but which US opposition has prevented.
Building there is one of a number of measures Jerusalem has discussed as a possible retaliation for a Palestinian statehood bid.
As Haaretz reported earlier, Clinton/USA warned Netanyahu/Israel not to punish Palestinian Authority for UN status upgrade move. So this Jpost’s report is about that Clinton’s warning included specific request not to build on E1, which basically disables Palestinian state from emerging in a contiguous shape.
Then again, on this ‘E1’ problem - there really isn’t good map/visual. NGOs make such complicated map at such small image size - doesn’t contribute to public understanding of the issue. They do need to make
- More easy, clear visual
- Concise description of issues (particulars in bullet points)
Even on Wikipedia’s entries, descriptions are - not clear:
This plan, if fully implemented, will cut off East Jerusalem from its Palestinian surroundings once-and-for-all, and critics of the plan say this is the real intention of this policy. The massive bubble is intended to cut the West Bank in two, and the E-1 plan is intended to seal off eastern Jerusalem and cut it off from the West Bank.
The severing of the northern part of the West Bank from the southern part will also result from the plan’s implementation, resulting in the total isolation of east Jerusalem residents from their natural Palestinian environs.
According to the Palestinian presidential chief of staff, Rafiq Husseini, “The E1 plan would separate the northern and southern West Bank from East Jerusalem, which would prevent the establishment of Palestinian state”
There is a separation wall running to ‘bubble in’ (‘envelope plan’) Eastern side of surrounding area of Jerusalem - (can’t be even sure how much it is completed or not)
And within them? - filling E1 area will
- cut off Northern and Southern West Bank?
- also East Jerusalem become isolated enclave, unreachable from West Bank’s Palestinian area?
cf: http://www.peacenow.org/entries/archive1100#.UK71FOO32xE (re: Bush Jr admin opposed E1 plan)
[Seems, it’s called Jerusalem ‘envelope plan’, greater Jerusalem plan, Jerusalem security envelope plan etc. Encircling surrounding area with separation wall, and then filling E1.]
The most ‘telling’ and comprehensive map I found is this (I don’t know why any organization cannot make easily intelligible map/visuals.)
E1 is the area light blue in the middle.