Russia denounces Israel settlement expansion

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (R) and Russia

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas (R) and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin shake hands at a joint news conference in the West Bank Biblical town of Bethlehem on June 26, 2012.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized Israel over its continued illegal settlement expansions in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Speaking after talks with the acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, Putin said the settlement activities are ‘unilateral actions’ that will be ‘unconstructive.’

Putin added that Russia has no problem recognizing an independent Palestinian state.

Putin’s visit to the West Bank comes after he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Monday.

Negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials have been frozen for nearly four years.

Russia along with other members of the so-called Middle East Quartet, including the United States, the European Union and the United Nations, have sought to bring the sides back to the negotiations.

Palestinians, however, say they will not hold new talks unless the Tel Aviv regime freezes its illegal settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian lands.


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Latest Reports of the United Nations

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Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 (updated Dec 3, 2011: 85.000) new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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