The PLO's Executive Committee on Tuesday accused Israel of exploiting
the global climate to abandon the two-state solution, according to
Palestinian news agency WAFA.
A statement quoted in the report cited the Monday approval of 942 housing units in Jerusalem's Gilo
neighborhood as well as the approval of master plans for several West
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"This dangerous escalation is due to the failure of the Quartet and the international community to stop Israel’s ongoing aggression against the
Palestinian people and their land," the PLO committee said in a
statement. “The region is headed towards a bloody conflict, with an
Also Tuesday, the United Nations reacted harshly
to the two construction plans, saying the moves were illegal.
"We reiterate that Israeli settlement activity anywhere
in occupied territory, including in east Jerusalem, is illegal and
contrary to the Roadmap. We call on the Israeli Government to halt
further planning for new settlement units, which undermines efforts to
bring about resumed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and prejudices
final status discussions," Richard Miron, spokesman for the UN Special
Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry said in a
The UN statement came after the US
expressed concern over settlement expansion on Monday.
"The United States is deeply concerned by continuing Israeli
actions with respect to settlement construction," ABC News quoted White
House National Security Staff spokesman Tommy Vietor as saying.
"Not only are continued Israeli settlements
illegitimate, Israel’s actions run counter to efforts to resume direct
negotiations," Vietor added.