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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected Sunday the Obama administration's demand that Israel halt the planning of a Jewish housing project in a predominantly Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood.Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu consults with an advisor regarding the controversial construction project.
"Our sovereignty over [Jerusalem] cannot be challenged. This means that residents of Jerusalem may purchase apartments in all parts of the city," Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting.
"We cannot accept the idea that Jews will not have the right to live and purchase in all parts of Jerusalem."
In a meeting last Thursday with Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, U.S. State Department officials had demanded the project be stopped, Israeli officials said.
"I can only describe to myself what would happen if someone would propose that Jews could not live in certain neighborhoods in New York, London, Paris or Rome," Netanyahu said. "There would certainly be a major international outcry. Accordingly, we cannot agree to such a decree in Jerusalem."
What right or authority does Obama have to tell the sovereign nation of Israel what she can or cannot do? His demands are equivalent to some foreign country saying we can't build a new office building in Chicago. Way to go, Bibi!!!