EU, U.S. criticize Israel on new housing units in East Jerusalem

The European Union and the United States have criticized the approval in Israel of the construction of 1,100 new Jewish housing units in disputed East Jerusalem.

The Palestinians, who seek East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, said the move shows that Israel is not interested in renewed peace talks.

The Israeli move came just days after Palestinian National Authority President Mahmud Abbas formally applied for Palestinian membership as a state in the United Nations on September 23 — a move that prompted international powers to call on the Israelis and Palestinians to quickly resume negotiations toward a peace deal.

The European Union has called on Israel to reverse the decision to construct 1,100 new housing units in East Jerusalem, while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the Israeli plan “counterproductive” to efforts to revive peace talks.

“As you know, we have long urged both sides to avoid any kind of action which could undermine trust,” she said, “including — perhaps most particularly in Jerusalem — any action that could be viewed as provocative by either side.”

The Palestinian leadership has said all Israeli settlement building on contested West Bank land must be halted before the Palestinians will return to talks.

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  • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

    East Jerusalem is under civilian jurisdiction. Anyone with Israeli citizenship will be able to live there and anyone who does will have the right to get a passport and vote. It is not under military rule.

  • East Jerusalem is under civilian jurisdiction. Anyone with Israeli citizenship will be able to live there and anyone who does will have the right to get a passport and vote. It is not under military rule.

  • Whatever part of jerusalem, or that of all Palestine are territories STOLEN by the Jews, Zionist or what ever you want to call them. They think they have the right to it all and the world owes it to them, and most of all they complain when someone stands up to them and speaks the truth of their terroristic princilals of existance.
    Should a Palestinian constrant an out out on what they believe is theirs, that person would be hung and claims will go out loud and clear on how the palestinian building the out house is destinied to destroy all of Israel and we will hear about it for another SIXTY years…
    What should happen is that the United States should completely stop supporting Israel with American Tax Payers money, and impose sanctions on Israel just as they did with Iran, Syria, Libya… etc…etc… NAD YES< ISRAEL DOES HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS…. So sanction will not be a discrimination… For a group of people who claim the be God's chosen, and lovers of peace and coexistance, they are nothing more than vampires hiding in the shadows. And for the record!!!! If that's how God choses his people and favors them, then I would be the first to sto believing and somehow some one, somewhere should redifine the meaning of PEACE in the dictionary of humanity.

    • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

      Excuse me??? Judea was stolen by Jews? Stolen from the (cough) ‘Palestinians’??? Do you know that Palestinians is derived from the Hebrew word for ‘INVADERS’??? What do I want to call “them”???? ISRAELITES. What do I want to call the ‘Palestinians’??? South West Levantine Arabs.

  • Whatever part of jerusalem, or that of all Palestine are territories STOLEN by the Jews, Zionist or what ever you want to call them. They think they have the right to it all and the world owes it to them, and most of all they complain when someone stands up to them and speaks the truth of their terroristic princilals of existance.
    Should a Palestinian constrant an out out on what they believe is theirs, that person would be hung and claims will go out loud and clear on how the palestinian building the out house is destinied to destroy all of Israel and we will hear about it for another SIXTY years…
    What should happen is that the United States should completely stop supporting Israel with American Tax Payers money, and impose sanctions on Israel just as they did with Iran, Syria, Libya… etc…etc… NAD YES< ISRAEL DOES HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS…. So sanction will not be a discrimination… For a group of people who claim the be God's chosen, and lovers of peace and coexistance, they are nothing more than vampires hiding in the shadows. And for the record!!!! If that's how God choses his people and favors them, then I would be the first to sto believing and somehow some one, somewhere should redifine the meaning of PEACE in the dictionary of humanity.

    • Excuse me??? Judea was stolen by Jews? Stolen from the (cough) ‘Palestinians’??? Do you know that Palestinians is derived from the Hebrew word for ‘INVADERS’??? What do I want to call “them”???? ISRAELITES. What do I want to call the ‘Palestinians’??? South West Levantine Arabs.