"The U.S. Department of State referred to the site of Sunday's Palestinian terror attack against Israeli pedestrians as 'Jerusalem,' even though the attack - which killed four Israeli soldiers - occurred in the neighborhood of East Talpiyot, which the Obama administration officially considers a 'settlement' in the 'occupied' city of 'East Jerusalem.'
East Talpiyot is in eastern Jerusalem, across Hebron Road, which marked the heavily-fortified armistice line between Israel and Jordan at the end of Israel's War of Independence in 1948-9. When Jordan shelled Israel in June 1967, Israel launched a counterattack and overcame Jordanian forces in eastern Jerusalem, which it unified with the western portion of the city.
Sunday's terror attack took place at the Haas Promenade, known in Hebrew as the 'Tayelet,' a popular overlook that offers sweeping views of the Old City of Jerusalem, and which is popular among Jews and Arabs alike for walks, wedding photos and family picnics. It is one of few public spaces where Arabs and Jews interact. Many American tour buses also stop there.
However, the Obama administration regards all Israeli neighborhoods built in eastern Jerusalem after 1967 as 'settlements,' even if they are part of the city itself. In addition, UN Security Council Resolution 2234, which President Obama allowed to pass (by declining to veto), regards neighborhoods like East Jerusalem as a 'flagrant violation under international law.'...
On that basis, Palestinians and their supporters are celebrating the terror attack as justified. Fatah, the so-called 'moderate' governing party of the Palestinian Authority, called the terrorist a 'martyr' who was killed by 'Israeli occupation police.'"