Israel approves more settlements in occupied Jerusalem

The World Court has said settlements Israel has built in occupied territory are illegal.

Israel approves more settlements in occupied Jerusalem

Israel on Monday approved the building of another 124 Israeli settler buildings in occupied east Jerusalem, a move sure to draw international condemnation.

The municipal planning committee authorised construction of 92 flats in East Talpiot in the southern part of Jerusalem and 32 in Pisgat Zeev to the north.

The move came a day after an announcement that the same committee could approve another plan to build 1,400 new buildings for Jewish settlers on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank as early as next week, a city council member said.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week denounced the demolition of a historic hotel in East Jerusalem to make way for 20 buildings for a settlement project.

At the United Nations in New York, Arab ambassadors held talks Monday on when to put before the Security Council a resolution condemning Israeli settlement in the occupied territories.

The Palestinians want the resolution passed to put pressure on Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the settlements. But US opposition to the resolution is at the heart of the timetable, diplomats said.

The Security Council is to hold a meeting on the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Wednesday.

The draft resolution could be submitted for then, but some Arab nations want to wait a few extra days in hope of persuading the United States to support the move.

In March 2010, the Israeli interior ministry announced plans to build 1,600 settler buildings in Ramat Shlomo in occupied Jerusalem.

The announcement, which came as US Vice President Joe Biden was visiting Israel, provoked fierce American opposition and soured relations with Washington for several months.

About 500,000 Israelis live in the occupied Palestinian lands.

The World Court has said settlements Israel has built in occupied territory are illegal.



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