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Quartet 'concerned' by Israeli settlement move
Published Tuesday 16/08/2011 (updated) 17/08/2011 09:49
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Israeli tractors working at a construction site in the West Bank settlement of
Ariel in 2010. The United States, Russia, the European Union and the United
Nations on Tuesday attacked Israel's move to build new West Bank housing as
a threat to peace efforts. [AFP/Jack Guez, File]
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- The United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations on Tuesday attacked Israel's move to build new Jewish-only housing in the West Bank as a threat to peace efforts.

"The Quartet is greatly concerned by Israel's recent announcements to advance planning for new housing units in Ariel and east Jerusalem," the four said in a statement.

"This comes at a critical juncture with Quartet efforts ongoing to resume negotiations which are the only way to a just and durable solution to the [Israel-Palestinian] conflict," added the statement.

Efforts to bring the Israelis and Palestinians back to direct talks have been deadlocked since September last year when Israel ended a moratorium on settlement building.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday gave the green light to build 277 new homes in Ariel, a Jewish settlement inside the occupied West Bank. More than 2,700 new settler homes have now been approved by Israel in the past two weeks, prompting a furious response from the Palestinian leadership.

Israel is in turn angry at Palestinian plans to possibly seek full United Nations membership at the UN General Assembly in September.

"The Quartet reaffirms that unilateral action by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations and will not be recognized by the international community," said the statement.

"Jerusalem in particular is one of the core issues that must be resolved through negotiations between the parties, which underscores the urgent need for the parties to resume serious and substantive talks," the international powers added.
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1 ) Karl / US
16/08/2011 20:29
Oh really?! It is nice of the Quartet to feel this way. What a sham. No one can be fooled anymore and if u can't see it by now u are benefiting. Enough already. I mean really...."concerned". How insulting.

2 ) Opinion / World
16/08/2011 20:53
We need acts not words. Israel is giving the middle finger to everybody. It's time for Israelis to know that enough is enough.

3 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
16/08/2011 21:01
I too am concerned by Israel's settlement moves, they should move much faster

4 ) At / Least
17/08/2011 00:18
"concerned" is better than Condemned.

And they should be more "concerned",
but more by Fatah's refusal to negotiate,
rather than just "277* new homes in Ariel" !!!

* This number is so insignificant, it's almost funny
that the Quartet leaders even know about it.


5 ) M / US
17/08/2011 06:12
Certainly as long as Israel has the means to take what it wants without negotiations it will not negotiate. The quartet knows this.

6 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
17/08/2011 07:14
Two-states is about dead as an idea. The US and quartet are worthless and Israel is adamantly opposed to two states regardless of the rhetoric. Time to plan for an alternative resolution with a peaceful outcome that involves no ethnic cleansing of either Arabs or Jews and grants equal rights based on population and location. Complete separation of religion and state would be a plus.

7 ) Tissa / Sri Lanka
17/08/2011 09:34
Palestinians will be grateful to Quartet about its concern which they have heard even when hundreds were killed in Gaza.Please keep on expressing cocern till the last dunum is lost to the Palestinians.

8 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
17/08/2011 09:47
Two-states is about dead as an idea. The US and quartet are worthless and Israel is adamantly opposed to two states regardless of the rhetoric. Time to plan for an alternative resolution with a peaceful outcome that involves no ethnic cleansing of either Arabs or Jews and grants equal rights based on population and location. Complete separation of religion and state would be a plus.

9 ) @ Mark (8) / 2-States, as 2 Ideas/Visions
23/08/2011 14:59

"TWO-STATE" is alive, but
AS TWO OPPOSITE VISIONS !!

- The Jewish Vision sees:
1) the acceptance of a Jewish state;
2) a state that includes some "1967 lands" & East Jerusalem, and
3) without refugee return, while
- The Arab Vision sees the exact opposite !!!

Decades have carved these visions in stone, and
the passge centuries will only harden them !!

NEITHER VISION CAN COMPROMISE on the 3 points,
SO ALL "PLANS for an alternative resolution" WILL FAILL
- NOW & FOREVER !!!

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