UN Sees Danger in «Israeli» Settlements, Palestinian Split
A UN envoy warned Wednesday that the situation in the Middle East was changing "dangerously" as the apartheid "Israeli" entity builds new illegal settlements and Palestinians remain divided.
Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council that the entity's planned new illegal settlements in east al-Quds [Jerusalem] were part of "increasingly worrying" developments and urged the apartheid entity to halt the construction.
"The situation on the ground is changing steadily, dangerously, as proponents of ‘Israeli' settlement expansion feel emboldened, internal divisions among Palestinians flare up, and the prospect of a future Palestinian state comes under threat like never before," Mladenov said.
He spoke after the "Israeli" entity revived plans to build 500 new units for illegal settlers in east al-Quds, which the Palestinians hope to make the capital of their future independent state.
The announcement was seen by some as sign that the apartheid "Israel" entity planned to forge ahead with settlements in the wake of the US presidential election victory of Donald Trump, who is expected to be less critical of the entity than Barack Obama.
The UN maintains that settlements are illegal and had repeatedly called on the "Israeli" entity to halt them, but UN officials had reported a surge in construction over the past months.
Mladenov told the council that "inaction has a cost -- a cost measured in human lies and suffering" and took a veiled swipe at the "Israeli" entity by arguing that those who oppose a Palestinian state "offer no viable alternative."
"The alternative is an open-ended occupation, a perpetual conflict which breeds anger among the people of Palestine and ‘Israel', and feeds radicals across the Middle East torn by ethnic and religious strife," he said.
Arab governments are discussing a proposed draft Security Council resolution demanding a halt to illegal "Israeli" settlements, even though a similar measure was vetoed by the US in 2011.
Security Council diplomats said such a measure could be adopted by the council next month if the US in the final weeks of Obama's administration, decides to refrain from using its veto.
Mladenov again called on the Palestinians to unite under a single administration that would end the split between them.
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