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Israel challenges the claims and authorizing the colonies to expand

Jerusalem : Israel | Sep 28, 2011 at 1:20 AM PDT
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"Benjamin responds by saying '1 .100 Netanayhu times no to the proposal of the International Quartet (U.S., EU, UN and Russia), which calls to resume peace talks to avoid taking unilateral steps." In this way the Palestinian leadership reacted to Ramallah yesterday published the decision of Israel's Interior Ministry to approve the construction of 1,100 new homes in the neighborhood of Gilo, an Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem, against the Palestinian village of Beit Sajur.Saeb Erekat, the chief of the Palestinian delegation, described the Israeli decision as a snub open to proposals for the Middle East Quartet aimed at resuming peace talks. Also, the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, criticized the move and said it "is counterproductive to our efforts to resume direct negotiations between the parties." The Palestinians have been demanding as a condition for an eventual dialogue with Israel to cease its policy of building homes for settlers in the Palestinian territories it occupies.

"The Israeli Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday that the plan for 1,100 new homes in Gilo was approved by the district planning committee and is now available to the public for any objections within 60 days," said the statement from the ministry headed by ultrarreligioso Eli Yishai, who more than once housing tenders published in the West Bank now, "stinging". Given the fact, Erekat told reporters: "What is a unilateral step, but the decision to build these homes right now, trying to make impossible the solution of two states?", One Israeli and one Palestinian, as is clear from the claim posed by the Palestinians last Friday, when asked the UN to recognize them as full-fledged sovereign state.That same Friday, the Quartet called on Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table in a month to reach agreement within a year. Despite the pressure, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made a presentation to the UN, but, understanding that it would be defeated in the Security Council, left open the door to an international initiative that allows the return to talks with Israel, making unnecessary unilateral step by the Palestinians.Speaking to reporters a day of return of the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah, where they were welcomed as heroes, Erekat repeated the conclusion drawn also the center-Israeli opposition, "Netanyahu prefers peace with his right-wing coalition with the Palestinians before ". Erakat believes that the Israeli decision will serve to show the countries still in doubt about the vote "moral and just" in the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council.

"Jerusalem is not for sale," he said. "It has been and will always be the capital of the Jewish people," said Yair Gabbay yesterday, councilor of the Municipality of Jerusalem and member of the urbanization of the Interior Ministry, referring to the construction of 1,100 homes in Gilo, a neighborhood considered Jewish Jerusalem by the Israeli government as a colony and illegal by international law, which forbids the colonization of occupied territories, as well as the displacement of local inhabitants from their lands, as in the West Bank.The Israeli government's official spokesmen said the Quartet's call contains no explicit demand that Israel cease construction in the colonies before resuming peace talks. This explanation was also echoed by Israeli Palestinians when required to freeze settlement construction, "We can not deal with Israel while the colonies are eating away the possibility of a peace settlement in exchange for territories", they say.

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