Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Accelerate Settlements Development, World condemns Israel

Accelerate Settlements Development, World condemns Israel
Thursday, December 20, 2012 | 10:11 pm

Ahmad Gharabli / AFP

JERUSALEM, - Israel continue its plan to build 3658 new housing units, mostly located in occupied East Jerusalem. This decision angered the Palestinians and criticism from the United Nations, on Wednesday (12/19/2012).

Israel plans to build 2610 housing units in Givat Hamatos district, East Jerusalem, immediately followed by the announcement of the construction of 1048 housing units certainty other in the occupied West Bank.

This development comes just two days after Israel's parliament approved the construction of 1500 housing units in East Jerusalem. This move forced the United States warned Israel on this provocative action.

And all members of the UN Security Council, but the U.S., Israel condemned the decision being assessed could threaten efforts towards peace.

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said Israel has taken a dangerous path, while the European Union said Israel undermine the confidence of the country's willingness to negotiate with the Palestinian leadership.

Meanwhile, UN chief political assistant Jeffrey Feltman also condemned Israel's decision to withhold Palestinian tax payments. Feltman urged Israel to immediately give money to the Palestinians without delay.

Palestinian negotiator Mohamed Shtayyeh negerin warned Israel that the move was to force the construction of new Jewish settlements, it will further encourage Palesina accelerate plans to approach the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"The intensification of Israeli settlement construction plus action, from capture to kill, the more encouraged us to accelerate efforts to approach the ICC," said Shtayyeh.

In the last three weeks, Israel has announced plans to build Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. In the last three days alone, Israel has accelerated the construction of 5158 housing units of which 80 percent were in East Jerusalem that Palestinians want as the capital of their future.