RAMALLAH,- Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority is considering calling for a United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss Israel’s settlement activities in the Palestinian territories.
He said that contacts are being held with the Arab League and the Council of Arab Ministers to discuss approaching the Security Council for a session following Israel’s position on settlements, which violate international law.
Abu Rudeineh said the Palestinians cannot remain silent after Israel made its position clear regarding the occupied Palestinian territories and Jerusalem, which is in violation of international law and UN recognition of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
UN Mideast Envoy Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council on Monday that illegal Israeli settlement expansion was one of the main obstacles to peace in the region.
He pointed out to “a surge in Israeli settlement-related announcements and demolitions,” and called on Israel to reverse these decisions.
In an earlier press release, Abu Rudeineh said the Israeli government’s position towards the UN report, which emphasizes the illegality of settlement activities, is seen as proof of this government’s real intentions towards a peace process and an attack against international law.
“The persistence of this policy, which defies the international community and the Security Council’s decisions and disregards regional and international efforts, could be interpreted as an attempt to evade from efforts to revive the peace process in the Middle East,” said Abu Rudeineh.
Such a policy is bound to create a dangerous situation which will result in sabotaging the peace process and reinforcing the occupation and the conflict, he said.
Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to U.N., fired back after Mladenov made the report and said that “Israel will continue to build in its eternal capital of Jerusalem, like all other countries continue to build in their capitals without waiting for authorization from the U.N.”
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency