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PA: Settlement plans destroy peace prospects

July 5, 2011 11:28 A.M. (Updated: July 6, 2011 10:33 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israel's expansion plans in the illegal settlement Gilo in East Jerusalem destroy any attempt to restart the peace process, President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah said Tuesday.

Jerusalem municipality council member Elisha Peleg told Reuters on Monday that the city planning commission had approved construction of 900 Jewish-only homes in Gilo.

Abu Rudeinah condemned the decision and said it shattered any attempt to lay down principles for a peace process.

The building plans were first announced in 2009 and drew criticism in the UN, Europe, the US and Japan.

At the time, US President Barack Obama said settlement building did not contribute to Israel's security, and made it "harder for them to make peace with their neighbors."

Israel captured East Jerusalem in 1967 and unilaterally annexed it in a move never recognized by the international community.

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state and fiercely contest any actions to extend Israel's control over the sector.

The last round of US-brokered peace talks collapsed over Israel's refusal to extend a partial freeze on settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land.

The Palestinians said they could not negotiate with Israel while it continued to build Jewish-only housing on land which would form part of a future Palestinian state in a peace agreement.

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