United Nations and Israeli settlements

A majority within the United Nations Security Council announced the primary obstacle to Arab-Israeli peace: Israeli settlements. Nine members, including France, Britain and Germany united as one, condemning Israel's decision to construct 1,000 homes within existing settlements. Baso Sangqu, Ambassador to South Africa, released a statement for the non-aligned movement, endorsing the Western European sentiment by describing the settlements as "the main impediment to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." The non-aligned movement makes up a supermajority within the United Nations General Assembly. It is difficult to defend the argument that the peace process is predicated on the behaviors of only one party. The Oslo Accords placed no limitations on settlement construction. Instead, the agreements mandated Israel's civilian presence in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza would be negotiated according to a final status agreement. But the UN has ignored these...(Read Full Article)

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