Israel: We Will Build 3,000 Houses in Occupied Palestine

A Palestinian man shouts slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah (Reuters)

Israel: We Will Build 3,000 Houses in Occupied Palestine over UN State Vote

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November 30, 2012 4:40 PM GMT

A Palestinian man shouts slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah (Reuters)

In a response to the historic UN vote that upgraded Palestine to non-member observer state status, Israel has authorised the construction of 3,000 more houses in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The homes will be built in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

An Israeli official said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu backed building the units “in response” to de facto recognition of Palestine  at the UN.

Haaretz diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid confirmed with a tweet the government’s move.

“Political source: Netanyahu decided to build 3,000 new housing units in east Jerusalem and in settlements in the West Bank in response to the Palestinian action at the UN,” he said.

“Despite the commitments he gave to President Obama, PM Netanyahu gave the order to advance construction in the E1 area between Maaleh Adumim and Jerusalem which will cut off the northern part of the West Bank from the south,” he tweeted.

Plans to build settlements in E1 are strongly opposed by Palestinians.

The UN bid, which implicitly recognised Palestinian statehood andstrengthened its chances of joining UN agencies and the International  Criminal Court, was welcomed by cheering crowds in Ramallah, Gaza City and Bethlehem.

Palestinians have long sought to set up an independent state in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, which was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War.

The 1993 Oslo Accord led to mutual recognition. However, peace talks since have failed to produce a permanent solution and stalled in 2010 over disagreements on the issue of Israeli West Bank settlements.

In September 2011, PA president and chairman of the PLO Mahmoud Abbas launched a bid for recognition as a full member of the UN. But Security Council members said they had been unable to “make a unanimous recommendation”.

The outcome of the latest has angered Netanyahu who defined the speech by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas as “meaningless”, “defamatory and venomous” and “mendacious propaganda” against Israel.

Abbas is planning to visit the Gaza Strip to focus on the possibility of establishing a Fatah-Hamas unity government. However, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar was recently quoted as saying that the militants would not permit Abbas to enter Gaza out of fear that the PA president’s rivals in Fatah would try to harm him.

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  1. People have the right to exist, not states or countries. No state nor country has ever recognized another state’s right to exist — states and countries come and go.

    However, Abbas, did recognize Israel’s right to exist (a big mistake) and he got nothing in return for that, except another condition. And the building of additional settlements.

    Further, the Oslo Accords, gave Israel the right to subjugate the Palestinians — we have two parties, of asymmetrical power and influence – — not two equal bargaining parties. And the law considers that illegal/illegitimate and unconscionable.

  2. Mark L Holland says:

    (“the occupation of all Jewish lands,”)

    Thats funny I thought it was the Jews occupying Arab Lands.

  3. I recognize Israel – as as a racist, apartheid, rogue state that cannot and will not exist as-is. Yes, it will seize to exists sooner or later because it is not sustainable as a colonial state. Having said that, this is not about the killing or elimination of any group of people – rather the killing of a system of laws and ideologies (zionism). There should be equal civil rights among all people living there regardless of religion. Enough Jewish superiority because that’s blatant racism and it’s not acceptable nor sustainable.

    No one sums Israel’s atrocities better that the wonderful Roger Waters address the UN Nov 29, 2012

    He discusses the Russel Tribunal findings on Israel’s: 1) Apartheid 2) Ethnic Cleansing 3) Collective Punishment

  4. “The 1993 Oslo Accord led to mutual recognition.”

    Not so. Mutual agreement was indeed agreed to, but the Palestinians reneged about as soon as the ink was dry. To this day no Palestinian organization, not the PLO, the PA, or Hamas, has agreed to recognize Israel, and their formal policy and goal remains the complete elimination of Israel, the occupation of all Jewish lands, and the massacre of all Jews in the middle east. If you don’t believe me, read their charters. It is rather astonishing that anyone would suggest that Israel would recognize a state that categorically refuses to recognize it. What nation would even consider doing that?