Presidency condemns Netanyahu’s laying of foundation stones for illegal settlement units

RAMALLAH, Nabil Abu Rudainah, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, condemned today the lying by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the foundation stone for new 650 housing units in the illegal settlement of Beit El, north of the West Bank city of Al-Bireh.

This condemned and unacceptable act is contrary to all resolutions of international legitimacy, especially UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which was adopted unanimously and which confirmed the illegality of settlements on Palestinian land, Abu Rudainah said in a press remark.

He continued, The continuation of these provocations and hostilities is a disregard of international law and requires effective decisions, especially after the Palestinian leadership has decided to stop working on the agreements signed with Israel.

Abu Rudeinah said President Mahmoud Abbas has instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs to include this issue in the file submitted to the International Criminal Court.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said in a statement that President Mahmoud Abbas has sent orders to Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki to file a case of the illegal Israeli settlements issue to the International Criminal Court for action, in response to Netanyahu’s recent plan.

The statement added that the Permanent Representative of Palestine to the UN, Riyad Mansour, was given orders by the President to embark on talks with the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement, the African Union and the Arab and Islamic countries to coordinate the following steps in response to the plan.

Source: Palestinian News and Info Agency