Saeb Erekat 311.
(photo credit: Mati Milstein)
PLO Executive Committee Member Saeb Erekat on Sunday demanded that the Middle East Quartet condemn Israel for hindering the peace process, Wafa, the Palestine News Agency reported on Monday.
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The Palestinians are committed to all rules and regulations of the road map toward peace but the Israelis continue to break the law by expanding settlements and "judaizing" Jerusalem, Erekat said.
The statement came in response to remarks made Sunday by Special Envoy to the Middle East
, Tony Blair, in which he said the Arab Spring could derail the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Arab pro-democracy uprisings spell more regional instability that could complicate peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians but also make it necessary to get the process back on track, UN envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair said.
“It is a great thing that people are wanting democracy, but in the short
term there is reduced stability in the region so that can pose problems
for Israel and the peace process,” said Blair. “Because of the
instability and uncertainty in the region, it’s right that we grip the
peace process and put it back on track again.
Erekat specifically noted his disgust with ongoing efforts to expand
Jewish settlements in the West Bank, particularly. Israel recently
announced plans to add 1,100 new housing units to south Jerusalem suburb
of Gilo, and to build a new settlement, to be called Givat Hamatos, as
well as expand a pre-existing Arab village in east Jerusalem.
EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton
and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon
condemned the plans to build housing units in Gilo and Givat Hamatos,
territory the Palestinians have designated for their future state.