UN Calls on Israel to Stop New Settlement Construction in West Bank


UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged Israel to "halt and reverse" its decision last week to build 800 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.

The decision is "a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution, and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace" in the Middle East, Guterres said in a statement.

"The establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.

"Settlement expansion... further erodes the possibility of ending the occupation and establishing a contiguous and viable sovereign Palestinian State, based on the pre-1967 lines," Guterres said.

Israel on Sunday approved the construction of 780 homes in the occupied West Bank, ordered last Monday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

All Jewish settlements in the West Bank are regarded as illegal by much of the international community.

There are currently some 450,000 Jewish settlers in the West Bank, living amid an estimated 2.8 million Palestinians.

Comments 3
Thumb bobcorn 19 January 2021, 08:21

UN: "Allo Israel? Stop building settlements in the West Bank please!
Israel: "No."
UN: "Ok. Have a good day then. Bye :) "

Missing kazan 19 January 2021, 14:16

Then we could say also the following:

The Lebanese: warlords , please help us we are suffering
Warlords: no you are our servants be quiet and keep your mouths shut
The Lebanese: ok warlords we obey

Thumb bobcorn 20 January 2021, 09:40