Israel's new settlement plans draw more international condemnation
Israel’s plans to build more than 1,200 new settler units in occupied Palestinian territories have drawn further international condemnation, with the Arab League calling it a “dangerous” move that needs to be addressed properly.
In a statement released on Monday, Saeed Abu Ail, the Arab League’s assistant secretary-general for Palestine affairs and occupied Arab territories, urged the international community to express their outright rejection of the Tel Aviv regime’s contentious decision.
He called for greater pressure on Israeli officials in order to force them into abandoning such projects, which are being implemented in defiance of the international community’s will, international law as well as relevant United Nations resolutions.
Abu Ali highlighted that settlement expansion projects imperil the viability of a so-called two-state solution to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel’s housing ministry announced on the weekend that it had opened up tenders for 1,257 new settler units in the settlement of Givat Hamatos in occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.
The new construction would further cut off access for the Palestinians to Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, which they seek as the capital of their future state.
The senior Arab League official also denounced a planned visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the occupied West Bank, terming it as “an attempt to consolidate [Israeli] settlements and annexation.”
Abu Ali stressed that the visit constitutes a precedent, as all US secretaries of state have abstained from committing such an act.
Such a move confirms that President Donald Trump’s administration is resolved to advance its policies and projects irrespective of the international law and UN resolutions, he said.
The plan also substantiates the fact that Washington and the Tel Aviv regime are partners in crime when it comes to settlement construction, annexation and Judaization of occupied Palestinian territories, Abu Ali added.
France condemns new Israeli settlement plan
Separately, France on Monday censured the Israeli announcement, which was made despite the blatant illegality of such a project.
“France condemns the announcements relating to the construction of 1,257 homes in the Israeli settlement of Givat Hamatos, in East Jerusalem (al-Quds). The expansion of this settlement is a direct challenge to the viability of a future Palestinian state, as the EU has repeatedly reaffirmed,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement.