Gilo Construction 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
The Palestinian Authority, Kadima and Peace Now on Tuesday decried Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to accelerate Jewish construction over the pre-1967 lines and to temporarily suspend the transfer of tax funds to the PA. The Yesha Council, however, lauded the decision.
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The PA immediately slammed the two decisions made by the
Inner Cabinet, a forum of eight ministers, which had convened for
Israel’s decision to build new housing units in east Jerusalem and
two West Bank settlements will destroy the peace process, the PA warned.
“It’s a blow to the Quartet efforts to achieve peace,” said Nabil Abu Rudaineh, a spokesman for PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
Kadima criticized the decision saying that "Israel has isolated itself
in the world instead of mobilizing the world to support its goals," said
a spokesman. "While the Palestinians have achieved world records -
Israel has responded by distancing itself and responding to political
failure with foolishness."
Peace Now called the decision to accelerate construction a "price
tag" in the peace process stating that "Israel is punishing itself if
it chooses to weaken Abbas."
Conversely, the Yesha Council, praised the move: "This is a step in the
right direction, both to win the political battle started by the
Palestinian campaign, and to return at last to the path of construction
and Zionist activity", they said.
The building approvals include
1,650 units in east Jerusalem Jewish neighborhoods, 327 in two West Bank
settlements, 277 in Efrat and 50 in Ma’aleh Adumim. All units were
already in the planning stages but needed final approvals.
according to an Israeli official, “they have been given a green light.”
The official noted that all the building would occur in areas that would
remain part of Israel in any final-status agreement with the
Palestinians.Tovah Lazaroff and Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report