Lieberman denounces European Union's condemnation of Israeli settlement

Lieberman denounces European Union's condemnation of Israeli settlement

Jerusalem : Israel | Oct 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM PDT
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Disengagement and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Saturday in a statement the EU's condemnation of his government's decision to license build 800 new homes in Gilo settlement in occupied East Jerusalem.

The statement said that "this condemnation reveals a lack of understanding of the Europeans fully what is happening in Gilo which is an integral part of Jerusalem the capital of Israel and its civilian population does not obstruct anything concerning the peace process."

Lieberman added that "it is more beneficial for the European Union to seek behind encourage the resumption of peace talks (Israeli-Palestinian) , Abu Mazen" Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, calling the Europeans "to settle their own problems before giving tips."

Catherine Ashton said in a statement when arrived in Jerusalem Friday "deep regret" to give the Israeli Interior Ministry green light to build 797 housing units in Gilo. The settlement neighborhood of Gilo is located near the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank.

A neighborhood of East Jerusalem and Arab-majority, which Israel captured and annexed in June 1967. The statement "in 2011 and 2012, received the High Representative (Foreign Policy in the European Union) the opportunity to express repeatedly deep disappointment on the expansion of Har Homa neighborhood.

With the expansion of Gilo, these developments continue to track separation of East Jerusalem from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories."

Ashton confirmed that "settlements are illegal under international law and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible." The international community does not recognize all the settlements on land occupied since 1967, both held with the consent of the government or without .

Fury60 is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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