J Street: Shepherd's Hotel demolition 'deeply provocative'

January 10, 2011 22:27

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami reacted to the demolition of the Shepherd's Hotel in east Jerusalem on Monday, saying it is "a deeply provocative action and we urge the Israeli government to find a way to stop such provocations and refrain from unilateral actions that undermine peace efforts."

In a statement published on the organization's website, Ben-Ami said: "We applaud Secretary of State Clinton’s strong words on the matter, emphasizing that 'this move contradicts the logic of a reasonable and necessary agreement between the parties on the status of Jerusalem'."

"The viability of a two-state solution hangs by a thread. Actions such as this make the prospects of peace – and therefore Israel’s security and survival as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people - all the more unlikely," Ben-Ami said.

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