Daily Israel Report

Abbas to Turn to Security Council Over Israeli Construction

PA is planning to take advantage of its new status in the UN to get the Security Council to condemn Israeli construction plans.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/5/2012, 4:45 AM

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
AFP/File

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas plans to turn to the United Nations Security Council and ask that it call on Israel, in the name of recently admitted “Palestine”, to refrain from any construction in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, it was reported Tuesday.

Arab affairs expert Dalit Halevi reports that a statement released following a meeting held by the PA leadership said that the PA intends to act decisively to prevent the Israeli government from building new housing units in the area known as E1 between Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim.

The statement describes the plan as “the most dangerous in the history of the expansion of the racist settlement.”

"The PA will continue to act in the international arena with all the relevant factors to establish the status of the State of Palestine, and start a genuine political process designed to bring about an end to the occupation of all the lands belonging to Palestine and to ensure the building of the country's national institutions," said the statement.

Israel announced on Friday that it would be building 3,000 new homes in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, and would be promoting new building plans in E1, a long-standing request.

The Israeli move came in response to Abbas’s unilateral move in the UN a day earlier, when the General Assembly approved with an overwhelming majority his request to upgrade the PA’s status to that of a non-member observer state.

Now, Abbas appears to be taking advantage of the recognition, as well as of the international pressure on Israel to cancel the construction plans, to get the Security Council to take action against the Jewish State.

Government secretary Tzvi Hauser responded Tuesday to pressure from the international community against Israel’s approval for construction of new housing in the Jerusalem area.

“If someone thinks that Israel will avoid building in neighborhoods in its capital city due to reprimands or pressure, that person does not fully grasp Israel’s interests in the region,” he told Kol Yisrael radio.

The government is committed to Israel’s interests in Jerusalem, he said, even if it means standing up to disapproval.