Israeli panel approves West Bank settlement plan

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"The occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan, which displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Syrians, has imposed a heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people", he added. But several Arab states and many in the west, including the Unites States, continue to press for it. And so this has caused a feeling that these peace talks over the last 20 or 25 years - this process of settlement has foreclosed on this idea that they can never have that.

Danon later slammed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein for opening a session of the UN Human Rights Council by decrying Palestinian suffering.

"Israel is stubborn and just wants to take the land and the West Bank and kick all the Palestinians out".

Secretary General António Guterres highlighted that the "occupation" has compelled generations of Palestinians to live as refugees in abject poverty which has "fuelled recurring cycles of violence and retribution".

We in the Reform Zionist movement are not alone in opposing the occupation and supporting two states for two peoples resolution of the conflict because we believe that Zionism must be far more than justifying our physical presence on every dunam of what was once Biblical Israel.

There are now 350,000 Israelis living in settlements across the West Bank with an air of permanence. In a matter of days it had swept away the deep fears Israelis had harboured and which most in the country saw as critical to the state's survival.

Israel seized the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Mideast War and annexed it in 1981, a move never recognized by the worldwide community.

Zeid also said United Nations staff had reported that 163 Iraqi civilians were shot dead by Islamic State in western Mosul on June 1 "to prevent them from fleeing" as US-led Iraqi forces seek to oust the militants from their last major urban bastion. Some 3,000 people have been arrested, with around one-third still behind bars, according to rights group Penal Forum.

Though Israel lives in the real world of competing political interests and in a violent and risky region of the world necessitating it to attend constantly to its security needs and the safety of its citizens, security can not become an excuse for the oppression of another people and the denial of their national rights. Former ambassador to Israel from the United States, Daniel Shapiro, told The Media Line the Judaism and democracy are "central to Israel's identity", and under the current status quo, there is tension between them. Both nations have accepted Israel as a legitimate, independent Jewish state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday pledged that he would not cede military control of the West Bank's Jordan valley in any future peace agreement with the Palestinians.

"The occupation has shaped the lives of both Palestinians and Israelis".

UNSC 242 states: "Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in recent conflict".

An Israeli government-sanctioned settlement would be the first official new settlement in a quarter of a century.

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