Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated during his recent meeting with UN General-Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, that Israel will continue to build and expand settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, and that settlements, and what he labeled as ânew neighborhoodsâ, and settlement blocs will always remain under Israeli sovereignty.During his meeting with Ki-moon two days ago, Netanyahu said that there is nothing to discuss or negotiate on regarding Israelâs settlements.
âEverybody knows new Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, all settlement blocs, will always remain under Israeli controlâ, he said, âThere is nothing to talk about, there will be no discussion on the issueâ.
The Israeli Prime Minister also claimed that âit is clear everybody known that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not the core source of tension in the Middle Eastâ, and alleged that âthe fundamental issue, the core problem in the region, is not recognizing Israel is a state for the Jewish peopleâ.
He further claimed that the Education System in the Gaza Strip âis based on incitement against Israelâ, and demanded the United Nations to examine âhow summer camps run by the UNRWA, are used to foster hatred and violence in the minds of Palestinian childrenâ, according to Netanyahu.
Israelâs illegal settlement activities, built in direct violation of International Law, are amongst the core issue that obstruct direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel refuses to recognize most of the core issues on the conflict, and the Palestinian legitimate rights, including the Right of Return of all refugees, the right to a fully independent and continuous state with East Jerusalem as its capital, borders and natural resources.