NEW YORK – The Anti-Defamation League said Friday it was dismayed by the US Administration’s public dressing down of Israel.
The ADL statement referred to the fact, related in Assistant Secretary of State Philip J. Crowley's daily briefing, that Israel's announcement about future building in Jerusalem made during Vice President Joe Biden’s Israel visit was labeled as undermining "trust and confidence in the peace process, and in America’s interests," in a call from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
"We are shocked and stunned at the Administration’s tone and public dressing down of Israel on the issue of future building in Jerusalem," Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director said in a prepared statement, "We cannot remember an instance when such harsh language was directed at a friend and ally of the United States. One can only wonder how far the U.S. is prepared to go in distancing itself from Israel in order to placate the Palestinians in the hope they see it is in their interest to return to the negotiating table."
The ADL statement stressed the fact Netanyahu had publicly and privately explained the bureaucratic nature of the announcement of proposed new building in Jerusalem. "To raise the issue again in this way is a gross overreaction to a point of policy difference among friends," the statement read.