China censures Israeli regime over settlements
Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:9AM
We firmly oppose Israel’s construction of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory of East Jerusalem and the West Bank.” China’s Foreign MinistryChina has expressed strong opposition against the Israeli regime’s plan to construct new illegal settler units in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the occupied West Bank. “(We) firmly oppose Israel’s construction of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory of East Jerusalem and the West Bank,” said Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China’s Foreign Ministry, on Friday. “China’s stance is consistent and clear on the settlement issue.” On November 19, the Tel Aviv regime issued tenders for 1,048 new settler units in East al-Quds and the West Bank. On the same day, Israeli officials also approved the construction of over 2,600 new settler units, which are planned to be built in Givat HaMatos, a village located in the south of al-Quds.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson also expressed Beijing’s concern about the Israeli plan to build settlements in the E1 area.E1 is a sensitive zone between East al-Quds and the West Bank and its expansion has been on Israel’s agenda since the 1990s. “The Chinese side urges the Israeli side to avoid moves that will escalate tensions and hamper the resumption of negotiations between Palestine and Israel,” said the spokeswoman. The Israeli regime has been under diplomatic pressure from the international community over its settlement construction plan. On December 19, all the members of the UN Security Council, except the United States, censured the Tel Aviv regime over its plan. The Israeli settlements are considered illegal by the UN and much of the international community. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has remained defiant, saying settlement construction is part of Tel Aviv’s policy and will not stop. MKA/HSN