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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 05:46 PM

Israel settlement bid a 'fatal blow' to peace: Ban [View all]

Source: AFP

UNITED NATIONS UN leader Ban Ki-moon warned Sunday that if Israel implemented its latest plan for new settlements it would deal an "almost fatal blow" to any prospects for peace with the Palestinians.

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"It was with grave concern and disappointment that the secretary general learned of Israel's announcement of 3,000 new settlement units in east Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank," a statement from Ban's spokesman said.

"This would include reported planning in the so-called E1 envelope, which risks completely cutting off east Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank," the statement said.

"Settlements are illegal under international law and, should the E1 settlement be constructed, it would represent an almost fatal blow to remaining chances of securing a two-state solution."

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This has been going downhill fast since yesterday when Israel announced their new construction "plan", but it's kind of surprising to hear Ban Ki-moon speak this openly about how bad the situation is.

The mask is gone, the land grab is on. I can only imagine how this new construction is going to play out in the next six months or what's going to happen to the human beings who inconvenience Israel with their residency.

PB

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