اجعلنا صفحة البداية RSS خدمة Add to favorite Facebook Twitter

Advanced

UK condemns Israeli settlement plans
Published Saturday 01/12/2012 (updated) 01/12/2012 22:00
Font- Font+
Apartments are seen in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale
Adumim near Jerusalem, in this June 7, 2012 file picture.
(Reuters/Ronen Zvulun/Files)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The British Foreign Secretary on Saturday condemned new Israeli plans to expand settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a statement said.

"Israeli settlements are illegal under international law and undermine trust between the parties," William Hague said in a statement.

"If implemented, these plans would alter the situation on the ground on a scale that makes the two state solution, with Jerusalem as a shared capital, increasingly difficult to achieve," he added.

The UK strongly advises Israel to reverse its decision and believes the settlement plans create doubts about Israel's commitment to achieving peace with the Palestinians, the British foreign minister said.

"The window for a two-state solution is closing, and we need urgent efforts by the parties and by the international community to achieve a return to negotiations, not actions which will make that harder," he added.

In addition to approving around 3,000 new settlement homes, Israel also announced Friday that it would expedite the planning process in the so-called E-1 settlement zone east of Jerusalem, which effectively splits the Palestinian north and south West Bank.

The move came a day after the 193-nation UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine, after President Mahmoud Abbas urged the world body to issue what he said was its long overdue "birth certificate."
Print
1 ) gabi / australia
02/12/2012 01:04
If the UK had voted yes you would have given Israel a stronger message than "condemning plans to expand settlements." Similarly with Australia - if our PM has the guts to say anything at all about the issue! You can condemn all you like, but it gets you nowhere. Because Israel just doesn't listen.

2 ) Kolin T / Australia
02/12/2012 01:37
The duplicity of the British is legendary and it should not surprise anyone that this spent colonial power cannot be relied on as an "honest broker" together with the US, Canada and Australia in resolving the Zionist/Palestinian catastrophe. Zionism has been and always will be a racist belief and practice rendering Isreal having no more a moral, political and ethical right to exist than Apartheid South Africa.

3 ) gabi / australia
02/12/2012 07:47
are those trees I see on the terraces in the photo some of the olive trees stolen from the Palestinians which we read about a couple of weeks ago?

4 ) Britannia rules / Ozi crims
02/12/2012 14:42
#1&2) As inhabitants of one of our former penal colonies, and no doubt descendants of exiled low-life, it is of no surprise that you come out in support of your own type. Get yourselves a few history lessons, it was Zionists to whom the League of Nations gave all of Palestine. And that is the international legal foundation for Israel's rights to the land.

5 ) Robert / US
09/12/2012 04:15
Then do something you A**holes
Name Country
Comment
Characters
Note: Comments will be reviewed for appropriate content. Click here for more details.

Share/Bookmark

Israel troops under fire on Egypt border, 2 injured
7 hurt by Israeli fire in clashes near Ramallah
Israel police prepare for funeral of Palestinian attack suspect

Close Next Previous
All Rights Reserved © Ma'an News Agency 2005 - 2014