Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu: ' No Concessions' on Settlement
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will make " no concessions" on East Jerusalem settlement
The Israeli government will make no concessions about construction in East Jerusalem, according to a statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The U.S. envoy on Middle East peace arrived in Israel in an attempt to being indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks on Sunday. At the same time, the prime minister made the statement to his cabinet.
The Palestinians are demanding Israel stop settlement construction in East Jerusalem. The land in question was seized during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
The issue has turned into a US-Israeli dispute and has been causing conflict in the region. President Obama and his administration have repeatedly pressed Netanyahu to concede to halting the settlement, and the Prime Minister has repeatedly refused to consider doing so.
Today prior to the Israeli prime minister embarking for Washington, DC to meet with US congressional officials and address a key pro-Israel lobbying group, Mitchell is to meet and speak with him further on the matter.
Violent conflict; Death Toll mounting
In the midst of a week of disputes and arrests, today in the Israeli-occupied West Bank Israeli officers killed two Palestinians accused of trying to stab an Israeli soldier near Nablus.
Their death toll of Palestinians killed in the West Bank in the past two days is reported to be four. This morning it was reported that a Palestinian youth died of wounds suffered Saturday in a clash with Israeli troops in the territory. Another Palestinian youth was killed Saturday during the conflict.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Palestinian Gaza Strip Sunday and denounced Israeli troops blockade of the Hamas-controlled territory.
Mr. Ban told reporters that Israel's policy of closing off the coastal enclave is not sustainable and causes unacceptable sufferings.
The Israeli military and Hamas fought a three-week war starting in late 2008. Israel said it was trying to stop Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza.