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Israel ignores Security Council demand to halt settlement construction

Israel ignores Security Council demand to halt settlement construction

They also chanted against the ongoing, and escalating Israeli crimes and violations against the Palestinian people and their property in different parts of occupied Palestine. "This obsessive focus on Israel must end".

Settlements in both the West Bank and east Jerusalem are viewed as illegal by the global community and major stumbling blocks to peace as they are built on land the Palestinians want for their own state.

The talks were the latest step by Trump's aides to pave the way for the resumption of the so-called peace diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians.

Much of the global community has raised increasing alarm over settlement expansion, saying it is gradually eating away at prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

According to the formula, the U.S. administration will recognize the thousands of construction units already declared by Netanyahu and will allow the Israeli Prime Minister to keep his promise to the evacuees of Amona for the establishment of a new settlement.

The Israelis "made clear that Israel's intent going forward is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes these concerns into consideration", the statement read.

Despite striking a more supportive tone toward Israel than former president Barack Obama, Trump urged Netanyahu during a White House meeting last month to "hold back on settlements for a little bit". Trump has said the deal may not include a separate sovereign Palestinian state as sought by the past three US presidents.

Tuesday: Flight cancellations soar, 8000 since Sunday
Associated Press, citing airline-tracking website FlightAware , reported that more than 5,000 flights on Tuesday had been axed. Even Chicago was seeing storm-related cancellations continue for a second consecutive day at both O'Hare and Midway.


US President Donald Trump has prioritized making peace between Israelis and Palestinians, characterizing a comprehensive agreement between the two parties as the "deal of all deals".

Trump plans a push toward a peace settlement, an elusive goal of many past USA presidents.

Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in a new housing project in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

Speaking ahead of talks in Berlin with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, Merkel said "I see now, as in the past, no reasonable alternative than the goal of a two state-solution".

In those talks in Jerusalem, Greenblatt reportedly demanded that Israel halt all construction in isolated West Bank settlements and put curbs on new building inside the major settlement blocs, but Netanyahu was said to have rejected the idea.

"The key will be ensuring that this meeting is more than a photo-op", one Arab official said.


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