Palestinian leaders on Tuesday reacted strongly to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to legalize three outposts in the West Bank, with PA President Mahmoud Abbas calling the move a "dead end" and PLO official Saeb Erekat threatening to take the issue to the UN Security Council, according to Palestinain Ma'an news agency.
A special ministerial committee decided Monday night to legalize the three West Bank outposts of Rehalim, Bruchin and Sansana. Israel has promised the international community not to create new settlements and has not done so for over a decade.
A spokesman for Abbas condemned Netanyahu's decision, saying that the prime minister "has pushed things to a dead end yet again," Ma'an reported.
Erekat, meanwhile, said that Palestinian leaders are examining ways to secure a UN Security Council resolution that would condemn Israeli settlement building. Erekat also called on Israel to choose between peace and settlements, warning of the demise of the two-state solution would the Israeli government sanction further settlement projects, the report stated.
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