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UN Blasts New Israeli Settlement: 'There's No Plan B for Israelis and Palestinians'


Palestinians says decision to build new settlement in West Bank exposes 'systematic policies of settler colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.'

The United Nations, Palestinians and pro-peace groups blasted Israel on Friday for its decision to establish a new settlement in the West Bank, the first time in 20 years Israel has officially done so.
In a statement, the UN's chief, Antonio Guterres, expressed "disappointment and alarm" at Israel's announcement, saying it was an "obstacle to peace."
"There is no Plan B for Israelis and Palestinians," he said, adding that the UN condemns the "unilateral" move by Israel which he said "threatens peace and undermines the two-state solution."
Hanan Ashrawi, a prominent Palestinian leader, also blasted the move as proof of what she called Israel's "systematic policies of settler colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing, showing a total and blatant disregard for Palestinian human rights."
"Israel is more committed to appeasing its illegal settler population than to abiding by the requirements for stability and a just peace," Ashrawi said.
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The pro-peace watchdog Peace Now says the new settlement's location will continue to fragment the West Bank and hinder the viability of a continuous Palestinian state.
It also criticized the prime minister's motives, saying "Netanyahu is held captive by the settlers, and chooses his political survival over the interest of the state of Israel.
Since news of the new settlement broke, Israel announced a change in policy as part of a gesture of "good will" to President Trump, according to which it would restrict settlement construction to building within existing settlement, or in lands directly adjacent to them.
Israel's umbrella organization for settlers, the Yesha Council, responded to the new policy, but did not attack the decision. "In wake of the decision and despite some restrictions, the understandings reached between the governments of Israel and the U.S. administration permit the continued settlement construction in all the communities in Judea and Samaria, and even the establishment of a new settlement for the residents of Amona," the council said.
"The true test will be the immediate renewal of planning and development throughout the settlements. We will stand guard and work to make sure that the Israeli government will actualize this plan," they said.
A senior White House official told Haaretz that Netanyahu had committed to the creation of a new settlement before President Trump directly expressed his concerns regarding the issue and that from here on out Israel promised to take Trump's concerns into account.
Germany condemned Israel's decision in a statement by the Foreign Ministry on Friday, saying that the construction of settlements in the West Bank is illegal and an obstacle to the peace process in the Middle East.
The German government also called on Israel to return to the goal of a two-state solution though reiterated its opposition to threaten Israel with boycotts.
DPA also contributed to this article.


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This is a beautiful church so once again thank you to the pastor for allowing us to use this is really beautiful and thank you all for being here tonight and and for caring enough to take the time and listen and participate and be active I always begin my remarks with a disclaimer and that disclaimer is this if anybody here came hoping to hear a balanced presentation then they're going to be sorely disappointed I say this because a lot of things that you're about to hear tonight are difficult to hear and also because I don't believe that a balanced presentation on this topic is possible anybody that cares enough to speak about this probably has a very strong opinion one way or the other almost everybody has feelings and strong emotions on this issue one way or the other for me it's deeply personal and the issue itself is not a balanced issue there is no balance in this issue so therefore I say this because there cannot be a balanced presentation on this and I think if anybody claims that their presentation is balanced they're either misleading themselves or the misleading of their audience this whole issue of Israel and Palestine is covered in so much myth and there's so much there's so much double standard when people talk about this issue and I'll give you two examples

Don't know if you heard Bibi Netanyahu speech at the United Nations I heard it not live but after he actually delivered it and he began and he began it with probably the two most striking examples of myth and double standard and he began by talking about the right of return of the Jews to their ancient homeland and of course the Jews that returned so-called returned to their homeland were not exactly the the same Jews who were expelled from their homeland right because these were expelled a couple of thousand years before that these were not their descendants either because they this is business has been a very long time so these are people the people that actually came back so to speak are people that claim some kind of a heritage some kind of a connection a relationship to the ancient Hebrews and they claimed that they had the right to return to their homeland and this was this is what Zionism was about and this is expected this was you know accepted by the world as the right they had the right to return now if we talk about the right of return of one nation you'd expect that there would be if we accept it as a principle than

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