Friday, July 31
Latest News
  1. Abbas wants ICC to probe arson that killed Palestinian toddler
  2. WikiLeaks: US spied on Japan government, companies
  3. Female suicide bomber blows herself up in NE Nigeria market
  4. Libya's UN envoy to discuss peace plan with rival lawmakers
  5. Fears of humanitarian crisis in Serbia as refugees stream in
  6. Pentagon denies US-trained rebels captured in Syria
  7. Egypt, Saudi sign pact to boost military ties
  8. IMF approves $1.24 bn Iraq emergency lifeline
  9. Humanitarian chief: Yemen blockade 'killing' civilians
  10. Turkey probes Kurdish leader, ramps up air strikes against PKK
  11. Israel PM calls Palestinian toddler death 'act of terrorism'
  12. PLO holds Israel government 'fully responsible' for toddler's death
  13. IMF approves $1.24 bn Iraq emergency lifeline
  14. Egypt, Saudi sign pact to boost military ties
  15. Embassy: US delivers F-16s to Egypt ahead of Kerry visit
  16. In Iraq bastions, PKK braces for new war with Turkey
  17. Five dead in attacks as Turkey battles PKK
  18. Pakistan says second round of Afghan-Taliban talks postponed
  19. Humanitarian chief: Yemen blockade 'killing' civilians
  20. OPEC chief says oil cartel 'not ready' to cut production

Erekat: Israel's settlement plan would kill 2-state solution

Dec. 6, 2012 10:19 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 8, 2012 10:57 A.M.)
JERICHO (Ma'an) -- PLO official Saeb Erekat on Thursday said Israeli plans to build settlements in the strategic E-1 zone of the occupied West Bank would be a critical blow to the two-state solution and peace process.

In meetings with the US and British consuls to the Palestinian Authority, the former negotiator said if implemented, the plan will block East Jerusalem from becoming the capital of the state of Palestine.

He called on the international community to respect international law, under which all Israeli settlement building is illegal.

Last Thursday, an overwhelming majority of UN members states voted for the Palestinian bid for upgraded membership.

A day later, Israel's government announced 3,000 new settler homes and accelerated planning for the strategic "E1" zone in the occupied West Bank.

In Europe, Spain, Denmark, France, Britain, Sweden and Italy have all summoned their Israeli ambassadors over the move, as well as Australia, Panama and Egypt.
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015