Two weeks ago Interior Minister Eli Yishai caused a controversy when he said that Israel will continue to build in the E-1 area between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim even if if the United States does not approve.
His opinion was reinforced this week when former (and future?) Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee visited the area and declared his support for Israel to build homes anywhere in the land of Israel.
These are important declarations with pressure on Israel from the Obama administration to freeze building over the green line growing daily. The American President feels that he has the right to tell Israel where it's citizens can and cannot live. He feels that while are Arabs are free to live in any corner of Jerusalem, the eastern part of the city should be ethnically cleansed of Jews - regardless of the law.
President Obama has misled the world into believing that conflicts between Israel and the Palestinians, Hamas, Hizbullah, Syria, and of course Iranian nuclear weapons, are all issues that can be resolved if Israel abandons the settlements. He could not be more wrong.
History shows that the conflict here in Israel is not over land, but has to do with the inability of our Arabs/Muslim neighbors to recognize that Jews and Christians have any claim, religious or historical, to the land of Israel.
Time and time again throughout the middle east, and even now in Asia, it becomes the goal of radical Muslims to destroy religious sites from other religions and build Mosques over them. From the destruction of Buddhist statues in Afghanistan to the constant religious battles in India, and back to the middle east, this history repeats itself over and over again.