The Palestinian Authority has strongly condemned Israel’s decision to advance the approval process for the construction of more than 3,100 housing units in settlements in the West Bank, stressing that it “destroys the rest of the two-state solution”.
The Presidency of the Palestinian Authority has indicated that it is “a unilateral move” that “challenges Security Council (United Nations) resolutions” and added that “it seeks to undermine state efforts to bring the positions closer together.
“These Israeli actions require a determined stance from all parties in the international community, including the Middle East Quartet and the UN Security Council, to counter Israeli decisions and practices aimed at stealing Palestinian land and leading the situation to instability and tension will negatively affect everyone, “he said.
For this reason, he warned of the “dangers” posed by these “unacceptable practices” and said they will have “serious consequences,” according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA. With that in mind, he stressed that Israel’s decision was a “challenge” to Washington’s words calling for an end to settlement building.
The answer came after Israel pushed ahead with a plan to build 3,144 housing units in settlements, 1,344 of which received support on Wednesday from the Israeli civil administration, which will soon proceed with the approval of the remaining houses, according to the Haaretz newspaper.
This last plan was supposed to be approved two months ago, but has been stopped by the civil administration, reports the Times of Israel. , Joe Biden, has taken office.
Area C represents about 60 percent of the West Bank and is completely under Israeli security and administrative control. Israel seldom approves Palestinian construction projects in Zone C and the vast majority of applications are denied.
The US State Department announced on Tuesday its “firm” opposition to the expansion of settlements in occupied territories. “It is completely incompatible with efforts to reduce tension and ensure calm and harm the prospect of a two-state solution,” warned spokesman Ned Price.
So far, the US authorities have not criticized such direct decisions by Israel, but have rejected “unilateral measures” by both parties that run counter to the joint solution between the Israelis and the Palestinians.