WASHINGTON, January 12, 2012 (WAFA) - The General Delegation of the PLO to the US is appalled at the 20% increase in Israeli settlement construction during 2011, Thursday said a statement by PLO General Delegation to United States.
On January 10, 2012, the independent Israeli group Peace Now released a report detailing Israeli settlement activity in 2011. The report shows a 20% increase in settlement construction from last year. More disturbing was the finding that approval of settlement plans in East Jerusalem was the highest in a decade.
These alarming findings demonstrate that the Palestinian objections to resuming talks without a settlement freeze were genuine and well founded; they were not red herrings as pro-Israel apologists in the US claimed.
Moreover, of all other Israeli violations, settlement construction is especially objectionable because it permanently alters the contiguity, viability, sovereignty, and demographic integrity of a future Palestinian state.
The fact that this Israeli government chose to accelerate construction of illegal settlements to unprecedented levels provides ample evidence that their peace rhetoric is nothing more than a thin veil to their true intentions with regards to establishing a viable, fully sovereign Palestinian state. It is political deception at its core.
Peace Now’s report coincides with the continued Israeli refusal to submit, in writing, counter proposal to the Palestinian ideas presented in the presence of Quartet and Jordanian mediators recently in Amman, Jordan.the statment said that the General Delegation of the PLO to the US urged the US administration and the international community to pressure Israel to comply with international law and conventions, and to honor its obligations under signed-agreements, especially its obligation for the total cessation of all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
Palestine News & Info Agency - WAFA