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US envoy to Security Council: Settlement building has ‘reached a critical juncture’

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30.11.2021

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the Security Council Tuesday that Israel’s settlement building in the West Bank “has reached a critical juncture” while also admonishing the top UN body for its “overwhelming focus” on the Jewish state.

Thomas-Greenfield made her remarks at the monthly Security Council meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the first session since she returned from a visit to the region earlier this month where she met with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders.

“US disapproval of settlement expansion goes back decades. This is nothing new for us. But the practice has reached a critical juncture, and it is now undermining even the very viability of a negotiated two-state solution,” the US envoy said.

Last month, Israel advanced plans for roughly 3,000 settlement homes, the majority of which are located deep in the West Bank, drawing the sharpest condemnation yet from the Biden administration.

However, last week Israeli officials confirmed to The Times of Israel that they had agreed to shelve a separate massive housing project in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Atarot, following pushback from Washington.

Reflecting on her meetings with Palestinian officials and civilians, Thomas-Greenfield said she “heard stories about Israeli settlers attacking Palestinians, ransacking homes, and destroying property in the West Bank, and this is an issue that I discussed extensively with Israeli counterparts.”

“I was told how many Palestinian families fear eviction from their homes because it is nearly impossible to get building permits as settlements expand,” she added.

This morning, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process @TWennesland will brief the @UN Security Council on the situation in the #MiddleEast, including the Palestinian question.

Follow the meeting live from 10AM EDT –https://t.co/FnocZm7nZd pic.twitter.com/7iCN6eEXcQ

— UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (@UNDPPA) November 30, 2021

Addressing the Security Council before Thomas-Greenfield, the UN’s........

© The Times of Israel


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