UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg_311.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that Israeli settlements in the
West Bank are "deliberate vandalism," underlining the UK government's
hardening line, British The Jewish Chronicle reported Monday.Abbas welcomed the official remarks,
according to the London-based Jewish paper. The PA president was in London ahead of negotiations between
Israeli and Palestinian delegations in Amman, Jordan.
alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his
visit to the UK, Clegg condemned continuous settlement building in the
"strongest possible terms."
Israel: Europeans are ‘irrelevant’ on peace process
Tenders issued for 1,028 units beyond Green Line
The UK has been consistently critical regarding Israeli
settlement plans, including those in areas of east Jerusalem past the
In late December, the UK Minister
for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt called a project for 130 new housing units in east Jerusalem a "provocative and deeply counter-productive step, the latest in a series by the Israeli authorities."
Still, the Israel Land Administration views much of the land in east Jerusalem where tenders for new construction projects announced as belonging to the state.