UN chief admonishes Israel

2012-12-03 01:12:40 GMT2012-12-03 09:12:40(Beijing Time)  SINA English

United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon is calling on Israel to cancel plans for the building of new settlements in occupied Palestinian territories which he says doom any solution for peace in the Middle East to failure.

Last week the Israeli authorities approved the construction of three thousand housing units in Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

This occurred after the recognition of the Palestinian state in the UN as an observer nation.

On Sunday, the Israeli government unanimously rejected the decision of the General Assembly for recognition of Palestinian statehood and promised to defend Israeli “rights” to the disputed territory.

Israel rejects Palestine's UN status

The Government of Israel unanimously rejected the decision of the United Nations General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood and has pledged to defend its "right" to "disputed" territory.

Earlier, the UN General Assembly appropriated the Palestinians the status of "Observer-Nation" in the organization and affirmed their right to self-determination within the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, that is, on the whole West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

In response, the Israeli authorities have authorized the construction of three thousand "housing units" for Jewish settlers in Jerusalem and other areas.

In addition, Israel suspended the transfer of money to Palestinians.

Israeli authorities say they will only solve disputes through direct negotiations.

Abbas: "Now we have a state"

"Now we have a state," the head of Palestine’s National Authority Mahmoud Abbas said addressing his supporters in Ramallah having returned from the UN in New York.

"The march was a long one, and the pressures were enormous," Abbas added. "But we stood fast and we prevailed, because we are the voice of these people."

On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly voted to recognize the Palestinians as an observer state.

Editor: Yu Runze
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