Israel to go ahead with new settlements as John kerry visits

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PostMon Jul 01, 2013 5:43 am » by grimghost

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US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Ramallah in order to engage in negotiations with acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas.

But, on the same day as Kerry's arrival, Israel defied Abbas's pre-condition for talks on freezing settlement activity. Tel Aviv is planning to build nearly one-thousand new settlement units in annexed Jerusalem al-Quds.

Israel will begin work immediately on the new settlements, which will see nine-hundred-and-30-units to be built in the illegal settlement of Har Homa, which was built on the Palestinian village of Jabal Abu Gheim on East Jerusalem al-Quds' southern skirts.

Fayez Abbas---an expert on Israeli Media believes Israel has no interest in a two state solution; on the other hand Palestinians wont' get along with negotiations marred by Israel's continuous settlement construction.

The new settlement project was approved in 20-11 by Israel's Interior Ministry but it was frozen following international pressure in a bid to revive negotiations. However, in the week of shuttle diplomacy and negotiations, Israel has now approved the expansion of two settlements in East Jerusalem al Quds.

This will be the third meeting between Kerry and Abbas, in restarting peace talks which were halted for three years. The Palestinian Authority ended the previous round of negotiations when Israel launched the Har Homar settlement in East Jerusalem al Quds, the same settlement Tel Aviv's expanding during the recent round of negotiations.

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