UN sees surge in Is­raeli set­tle­ments

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IS­RAELI set­tle­ment ex­pan­sion has surged in the two months since the diplo­matic Quar­tet called for a halt to the construction of Jewish out­posts on Pales­tinian land, a UN en­voy said.

In a re­cent re­port, the Quar­tet – the United States, Rus­sia, the Euro­pean Union and the United Na­tions – urged Is­rael to stop build­ing set­tle­ments and called on the Pales­tini­ans to cease in­cite­ment to vi­o­lence.

But Nick­o­lay Mlade­nov, the UN co­or­di­na­tor for the Mid­dle East peace process, ac­knowl­edged that this ap­peal had fallen on deaf ears.

“Its rec­om­men­da­tions con­tinue to be ig­nored, in­clud­ing by a surge in Is­raeli set­tle­ment-re­lated an­nounce­ments and de­mo­li­tions,” Mr Mlade­nov told the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

The Quar­tet re­port was to serve as the ba­sis for re­viv­ing the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian peace process that has been co­matose since a US ini­tia­tive col­lapsed in April 2014.

There has been grow­ing alarm that the construction of Jewish set­tle­ments on land ear­marked to be part of a fu­ture Pales­tinian state is killing off prospects for a peace deal based on the two-state so­lu­tion.

Since July 1, Is­raeli has ad­vanced plans for over 1000 hous­ing units in oc­cu­pied east Jerusalem and 735 units in the West Bank.

Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu’s govern­ment is also seek­ing ten­ders for 323 units to ex­pand east Jerusalem set­tle­ments and for 42 units in Kiryat Arba near He­bron, for which it is al­lo­cat­ing US$13 mil­lion in new fund­ing. –

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