Israeli settlement building 'alarming', says UN envoy
The UN's Middle East envoy on Thursday criticised Israel's renewed
building in West Bank settlements.
Published: 12:04AM BST 22 Oct 2010
Israeli setters build 600 homes in less than a month
The Palestinians put direct peace talks with Israel on hold following
the resumption of settlement construction on September 26 Photo: EPA
Israel has begun building at least 544 apartments since a 10-month
building freeze expired late last month. Palestinians charge that
construction in the settlements is aimed at preventing the
establishment of a Palestinian state, and the issue has brought
recently renewed US-brokered peace talks to a standstill.
In a statement, UN envoy Robert Serry reports of the building
"alarming." He said settlement construction is "illegal under
international law" and "will only further undermine trust."
Despite intense US pressure, Israel has so far refused to renew the
construction curbs, saying the settlement issue should be addressed in
Israel also drew criticism on Thursday from former President Jimmy
Carter, who is visiting Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.
After touring east Jerusalem flashpoints where Jewish settlers have
moved in to houses after Palestinians were evicted, Mr Carter expressed
"The suffering here under occupation and the deprivations of people in
Gaza are evidence of the improper policies of the government of
Israel," he said. "We will continue to work on a peaceful solution
where the Israelis will withdraw from east Jerusalem, and let this be
the capital of a Palestinian state."