More violations committed by Israel, building settlements at the expense of its original Arab population. How are they allowed to get away with it? It is obvious that Israel has failed to keep to their end of the bargain.
Last Update: Friday, May 11, 2007. 7:19am (AEST)
Israel planning huge Jerusalem settlement
Israel says it plans to build 20,000 new homes for Jews in a settlement in Arab East Jerusalem, angering Palestinians who want the land for a future state.
An Israeli official said that the plan foresaw three separate Jewish neighbourhoods being set up on land Israel annexed after the 1967 Middle East war in a move that has not been recognised internationally.
Some 200,000 Jews already live in the eastern part of Jerusalem among about 230,000 Palestinians who, under an agreement forged after Israel’s capture of the city, are legal residents.
Yehoshua Pollak, a deputy mayor and chairman of the Jerusalem municipality’s Planning and Construction Committee, said the proposed units would provide housing mostly for young Israeli couples.
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned the plan.
“This destroys the efforts exerted to revive the peace process. The Israeli Government must choose between settlements and peace. They can not have both,” he said.
Jerusalem’s municipality said in a statement no decisions have been made regarding the construction of the neighbourhoods.
Mr Pollak said it could take several years for the project to be ratified by municipal committees.
The construction of the homes would create a Jewish residential bloc linking Jerusalem with two major Jewish settlement blocs north and south of the city.