Palestinian official threatens to take settlement issue to int'l bodies

The Palestinians could turn to international bodies to prevent Israel from expanding settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, a senior Palestinian leader said.
“We are saying very clearly that if Israel does not stop, then we have to move,” Hanan Ashrawi told reporters on Wednesday during a visit to Jewish settlements in eastern Jerusalem, where hundreds of new apartment units have been approved by Israeli government bodies in recent weeks.
The action could threaten the newly relaunched Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The Palestinians had agreed not to turn to international organizations or join international bodies for nine months, the expected time frame for this round of talks.