EU , UN Security Council censure Israel over settlements
Gaza,– The European Union (EU) has strongly censured the Israeli regime for the latest plans to construct more settling units around Occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Moreover, All the members of the UN Security Council, except the United States, have censured the Israeli regime over its plan to build new settler units, calling for an immediate halt to the illegal settlement activities.
India’s Ambassador to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said the 14 Council members expressed their opposition to Tel Aviv’s recent move in four separate statements on Wednesday. Washington was likely to foil the efforts to reach a solution on the issue using its veto power.
The statements were made by the eight Council members from the Non-Aligned Movement, the four European members, Russia and China.
On Wednesday, Israel issued tenders for 1,048 new settler units in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the occupied West Bank. On the same day, Tel Aviv officials also approved the construction of over 2,600 new settler units, which are planned to be built in Givat HaMatos, a village located in the south of al-Quds. In their joint statement, the European members of the Security Council, including Germany, the UK, France and Portugal, expressed concern over the Israeli regime’s decision for illegal construction in E1, which is a sensitive zone between East al-Quds and the West Bank and its expansion has been on Israel’s agenda since the 1990s. The European members stated that they “strongly oppose” the Israeli settlement plans. “Israel’s announcements to accelerate the construction of settlements send a negative message and are undermining faith in its willingness to negotiate.” China’s UN ambassador, Wang Min, also said Beijing expresses “serious concern over the announcement of settlement construction in the E1 area, and Israel’s suspension of transfers of tax payments to the Palestinian side.” In addition, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin called on the Tel Aviv regime to “reconsider the settlement construction plans.” The Non-Aligned members of the Council, including, Azerbaijan, Colombia, India, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa and Togo, also condemned Israel’s recent plans. On Wednesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that building more settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories could be “an almost fatal blow” to future talks between Israelis and the Palestinian Authority. The settlements are considered illegal by the UN and much of the international community. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has remained defiant, saying settlement construction is part of Tel Aviv’s policy and will not stop.