Israel to expand settlements after UN’s Palestine vote

Israel plans to build thousands of new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, an Israeli official said on Friday, defying a U.N. vote that implicitly recognised Palestinian statehood there.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative government had authorised the construction of 3,000 housing units and ordered “prelimiliary zoning and planning work for thousands” more.

The official would not elaborate. But Israeli media said the government sought to hammer home its rejection of Thursday’s upgrade, by the U.N. General Assembly, of the Palestinians to “non-member observer state” from “entity”.

Israel and the United States had opposed the resolution, which shored up the Palestinians’ claim on all of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, saying territorial sovereignty should be addressed in direct peace talks with the Jewish state.

Those negotiations have been stalled for two years, however, given Palestinian anger at continued Israeli settlement. The Israelis insist they would keep West Bank settlement blocs under any final accord as well as all of Jerusalem as their capital.

That status for the holy city has never been accepted abroad, where most powers consider the settlements illegal for taking in land captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged the world body to issue what he said was its long overdue “birth certificate.”

Reuters

  • nagy_michael2

    Thanks a lot Israel for the peace gesture.. I hope Palestinians and Israeli and hezbollah eliminate each other and we get rid of lots of troubles in the world.

  • nagy_michael2

    Thanks a lot Israel for the peace gesture.. I hope Palestinians and Israeli and hezbollah eliminate each other and we get rid of lots of troubles in the world.

  • Btru2u

    WHAT DID I tell you. Israels goal is to expand its borders to the rivers Jordan and Euphrates.  They will find any way to kill the Arabs, with the support of th christian fundementalists. They justify their action in the name of God beacuse it is in the”Holy Bible.”……..  READ…….Deuteronomy 7:1-2 ….When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you— 2 and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally.[a] Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.”…………………..REAL NICE.

  • Btru2u

    WHAT DID I tell you. Israels goal is to expand its borders to the rivers Jordan and Euphrates.  They will find any way to kill the Arabs, with the support of th christian fundementalists. They justify their action in the name of God beacuse it is in the”Holy Bible.”……..  READ…….Deuteronomy 7:1-2 ….When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you— 2 and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally.[a] Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.”…………………..REAL NICE.

  • Btru2u

    In the Bible and supported by archeological findings, it is clear that Palestine was occupied by non-Jewish Semites long before the Jews claimed the “Promised Land,” and long after. There is not even evidence that there were twelve tribes of Israel who occupy the land claimed by modern Israel. The book of Joshua is full of bloody gore on how God delivered on his promise, but there are no sources outside the Bible that verify that the whole of Palestine was conquered and occupied by Jews.
    If the Book of Joshua is to believed, then it means that justification for a Jewish homeland is based on land taken by war 3,300 years ago and lost by war 2600 years ago. By that logic, Americans should give the southwest territory back to the Mexicans and the rest to the nation back to the Indians.

  • Btru2u

    In the Bible and supported by archeological findings, it is clear that Palestine was occupied by non-Jewish Semites long before the Jews claimed the “Promised Land,” and long after. There is not even evidence that there were twelve tribes of Israel who occupy the land claimed by modern Israel. The book of Joshua is full of bloody gore on how God delivered on his promise, but there are no sources outside the Bible that verify that the whole of Palestine was conquered and occupied by Jews.
    If the Book of Joshua is to believed, then it means that justification for a Jewish homeland is based on land taken by war 3,300 years ago and lost by war 2600 years ago. By that logic, Americans should give the southwest territory back to the Mexicans and the rest to the nation back to the Indians.

  • Hugo7

    SURVIVAL OF THE STRONGEST, only for now ! However Israel will fall, time will tell, it might be after our time, but it was not meant to be there thousands of years ago, and it fall again. It will fall with America, as America is living through its downturn, while other nations rise, that have other interest in that region, not as determined by religion as America is. Palestine’s time will come.

  • Hugo7

    SURVIVAL OF THE STRONGEST, only for now ! However Israel will fall, time will tell, it might be after our time, but it was not meant to be there thousands of years ago, and it fall again. It will fall with America, as America is living through its downturn, while other nations rise, that have other interest in that region, not as determined by religion as America is. Palestine’s time will come.

  • Yefim_Feldman

     A blood thirsty bunch .The Palestinians and Israelis didn’t kill as many people in 64 years of fighting as Mr.Assad  did
    in 2 years (40000)  or his father in 1 year (30000) or Suddam Hussain in 10 years(20 – 50000). A blood thirsty bunch
    indeed.

    • nagy_michael2

      While I totally support peace with Israel and I agree with you on the killing by inter arabs conflicts that still do not justify Israel building settlements and overrunning palestinians. If Syria is fighting you does that mean you take over their land to justify your war? that land would be still belongs to Syria or Lebanon. In this case palestinians. I agree they seem to prefer war more than peace but Israel has not given them any hopefull signs on its own to give land back if the palestinians choose peacefull means. the only way you guys gave land back is when forced to do it by international community. why should Lebanon and jordan be stuck with majority of Palestinians while they should have a home of their own? However Israel rights to exists should be respected and protected. I don’t think frankly however the extreme jewish Settlers cares whether the land ever belonged to palestinians or not..they want to take it over period. Therefore they will never be at peace either..

  • Yefim_Feldman

     A blood thirsty bunch .The Palestinians and Israelis didn’t kill as many people in 64 years of fighting as Mr.Assad  did
    in 2 years (40000)  or his father in 1 year (30000) or Suddam Hussain in 10 years(20 – 50000). A blood thirsty bunch
    indeed.

    • nagy_michael2

      While I totally support peace with Israel and I agree with you on the killing by inter arabs conflicts that still do not justify Israel building settlements and overrunning palestinians. If Syria is fighting you does that mean you take over their land to justify your war? that land would be still belongs to Syria or Lebanon. In this case palestinians. I agree they seem to prefer war more than peace but Israel has not given them any hopefull signs on its own to give land back if the palestinians choose peacefull means. the only way you guys gave land back is when forced to do it by international community. why should Lebanon and jordan be stuck with majority of Palestinians while they should have a home of their own? However Israel rights to exists should be respected and protected. I don’t think frankly however the extreme jewish Settlers cares whether the land ever belonged to palestinians or not..they want to take it over period. Therefore they will never be at peace either..