Sect. of State Hillary Clinton Criticises Israeli Eviction Move
In an unusual move Secretary of State for the US, Hillary Clinton criticised the Israeli eviction moves seen on the weekend in the occupied Palistinian Territories. Two Palistinian families lost their appeal to remain in their homes and were evicted on Sunday. They had lived there since 1956.
Hillary Clinton said after the meeting with Nasser Judeh that the forced removal over the weekend of Palestinian families from homes deemed to be under Jewish ownership by the Israeli supreme court was "deeply regrettable".
"The eviction of families and demolition of homes in East Jerusalem is not in keeping with Israeli obligations and I urge the government of Israel and municipal officials to refrain from such provocative actions," she said on Monday.
Foreign minister for Jordan, Nasser Judeh spoke about the peace process in the area and what it would take for the Arab States to normalize relations with Israel.
He also spoke out against Israel's refusal to stop the construction of Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, and said that the Israeli government should not reject the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.
The Saudi authored plan offers Israel a full normalisation of ties with Arab states as long as Israel returns all Arab lands captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
The initiative also calls for Israel to allow the creation of a viable Palestinian state to resolve the problem of Palestinian refugees, in line with United Nations resolutions.