Bethlehem/PNN/ Monjed Jadou reports
While the world condemning Israeli settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territories, the Palestinians demand to transfer these convictions into action in order to force Israel to stop it.
PLO Secretary General Dr. Saeb Erekat said in statement that PNN received via email on US State Department’s Criticism of Israeli Settlements and Israel’s Response saying that Palestinian want to world to translate its condemning statements in to real action.
Erekat said:”Although we welcome the State Department’s criticism of Israel’s plans to construct a new settlement in the occupied State of Palestine, we expect the United States to translate its statements into real action.
He added that after almost 50 years of systematic Israeli colonization and belligerent military occupation of the State of Palestine, the US must implement the necessary tools to end Israeli settlements, including through the UN Security Council, end funding to Israel, and stop funding settlements through US-based organizations fueling violence and discrimination against Palestinians.
Saeb Erekat Commented on the statement of the Israeli Foreign Ministry saying its simply reconfirms the current Israeli right-wing extremist government’s positions to strengthen the settlements and promote the current Apartheid reality they have imposed on the Palestinian people.
Erekat said settlements are illegal under international law, and the international community, including the United States, must completely and unequivocally boycott Israeli settlements in all areas.
The United States sharply criticized Israel on Wednesday over plans to build a new Jewish settlement in the West Bank that it said would damage prospects for peace with the Palestinians and contradicted assurances made to Washington.
The White House and State Department “strongly condemned” Israel’s decision to advance a plan that they said would create a new settlement “deep in the West Bank” and undermine a two-state solution.
In unusually harsh words for its Middle Eastern ally, Washington also accused Israel of going back on its word.
“We did receive public assurances from the Israeli government that contradict this announcement,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a news briefing. “I guess when we’re talking about how good friends treat one another, that’s a source of serious concern as well.”
U.S. President Barack Obama raised concerns about West Bank settlements when he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York last month.
A senior U.S. official told reporters afterwards those concerns included the “corrosive effect” settlement activity had during 50 years of occupation on prospects for negotiating a peace deal based on a two-state solution.
The United States contends that the project constitutes the establishment of a new settlement in the West Bank, contrary to assurances by Netanyahu that no new settlements would be built.
Israel regards the planned housing units as part of an existing settlement called Shilo, which is about halfway between the Palestinian seat of government in Ramallah and Nablus farther north.
The UK Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood, condemns announcement to construct a new settlement near Shilo in the West Bank.
Foreign Office Minister, Tobias Ellwood, said:”we condemn the recent announcement of plans to construct a new settlement near Shilo, adding that this is the latest example of a series of worrying new settlement announcements in recent months.
The UK foreign office minister also said :” Settlements are illegal under international law. As underlined in the July report of the Middle East Quartet, settlement activity undermines trust and makes a two state solution much harder to achieve.
Also the Government of Japan deeply deplores that, according to information, the Government of Israel has approved plans for settlements in the West Bank the Foreign Press Secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura statement advancing the plans of settlement construction by Israel.
the Japanese statement said :” Settlement activities are in violation of international law and Japan has repeatedly called upon the Government of Israel to fully freeze settlement activities.
The Government of Japan once again strongly urges the Government of Israel to desist from implementing its construction plans of that are undermining the viability of a two-state solution, which was the centerpiece of the late Israeli President Peres’ tireless work on the Middle East peace process.