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Palestinians Seek UN Help as Israel Set for More Housing

RIA Novosti

07:25 18/12/2012

MOSCOW, December 18 (RIA Novosti) - The Palestinian authorities intend to turn to the UN Security Council after Israel approved a construction of 1,500 houses in East Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo district, Al Jazeera reported.

Israel's move comes two weeks after the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to grant Palestinians limited recognition of statehood. It adds up to Israel's separate decision to build 3,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem that prompted an international outcry.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for the Palestinian leader, called Israeli actions as "a blatant challenge to the international society."

"Such actions leave Israel in a complete isolation, particularly after the world showed its rejection of the occupation and recognized the Palestinian state within its 1967 borders," Rudeineh said.

The Israeli settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories is the main obstacle for the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which has been stalled for more than a year.

The Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of West Bank, East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel, and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and want Israel to pull from the Palestinian territories occupied after the 1967 war.

Israel, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to raise the issue of Jerusalem, which it says is the indivisible capital of the Jewish state.

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