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Abbas Asks US to Block Settlement Construction

By: JTA

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged the Obama Administration to block a new Israeli plan to build hundreds of additional homes in Jewish settlements.

Israel officials have said the planned construction of new units in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem will be announced next week, just as Israel is set to release 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners with Jewish blood on their hands, under a pledge it made at the outset of peace talks earlier this year.

In a late-night meeting Thursday with U.S. envoy Martin Indyk, Abbas “asked for U.S. intervention to stop the Israeli government from issuing new settlement decisions in order to save the peace process and the American efforts,” top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was quoted as telling the Associated Press.

The planned Israeli announcement risks sparking a crisis in Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, which resumed in July after a nearly five-year break.

The new construction plans include 600 homes in Ramat Shlomo, an enclave in East Jerusalem, and roughly 800 additional homes in Judea and Samaria, according to an Israeli official familiar with the plan.

Under heavy pressure from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the Palestinians were forced to drop a demand for a halt in settlement construction. In exchange, Israel agreed to release 104 of the longest-serving Palestinian prisoners it holds.

Kerry has urged Israel to show restraint. And an unnamed EU diplomat told Israel’s Channel 10 Thursday that, “Israel needs to expect a harsh reaction from the European governments if it intends to go in that direction.”

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7 Responses to “Abbas Asks US to Block Settlement Construction”

  1. SUre just as soon as he RECOGNIZES OUR RIGHT TO EXIST!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Prisoners released, tomorrow, and for what, for nothing? INSANITY. This is another show of weakness, letting Obama piss in our faces.

    A new diplomatic technique would be to say US– STOP, STOP NOW. No more prisoners will go free without Pollard This is about our Jewish rights, and our freedom, and most importantly, our dignity as a people. Dignity is a strategic asset for the Israelis. They enemy is doing his best to undermine it. Don't let him!!! Shalom Deborah Bee Am Yisrael Chai

  3. Anonymous says:

    Abbas is a moron, Israel is not yet a colony of the US, and hopefully will never be. Time to disengage

  4. Yes Israel should continue building, Palestinian doesn't exists, no goverment, who are this morons like the EU to say to Israel what to decide.

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