Peace Now: “Netanyahu’s Settlement Policies Undermine Realistic Peace Deal”

January 16, 2013 2:18 PM Saed Bannoura Israeli Settlement, News Report, West Bank 0
16 Jan
2:18 PM

Israeli Peace Now movement issued a report about Israel’s illegal settlement construction and expansion activities in the occupied territories, and said that the policies of Netanyahu and his government undermine a realistic peace agreement.Peace now added the Netanyahu-led government is practicing systematic policies that are meant to “render impossible a viable two-state solution that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

It added that the Netanyahu government showed, especially in the past two years, no presence of restraint “leading to a record number of tenders – a number that effectively erased the effects of the moratorium and paves the way for an explosion of construction in settlements in the coming years.”

Peace Now also reported that in the period between March 31, 2009 and January 2013, the Israeli government issued tenders for the construction of 5302 houses for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem.

Many of the approved units focused on existing settlements such as Ariel settlement bloc, and the Efrat settlement. Peace Now said that the expansion of these settlements directly impacts the chances of a two-state solution.

Furthermore, illegal units constructed by Jewish settlers without a permit from the government also escalated.

Settlers illegally built 911 housing units in illegal settlement outposts, including 456 permanent buildings while the rest were mobile and pre-fabricated units, Peace Now said.

Some %77 of the illegal units were built in illegal settlement outposts that are east of the planned route of the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall.

As for “Price Tag” attacks carried out by the settlers against the Palestinians, Peace Now said these attacked reached an unprecedented level.

The movement reported that the settlers continued to challenge the rule of the law not only attacking Palestinian civilians, property, lands and holy sites in the West Bank, but also carried out attacks inside Israel itself, including death threats against Peace Now activists.

Full PDF Report By Peace Now Movement

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