The Palestinian Authority’s ambassador to the UN has called on the international community to put pressure on Israel over the resumption of its illegal settlement activities.
Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour said on Monday that Tel Aviv had ignored the will of the international community by ending the partial construction moratorium, Israel’s Ynet news reported.
Israel must make a choice to pursue peace with its neighbors or be an “occupier and a violator of human rights,” Mansour said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend a partial moratorium on settlement projects despite international calls.
Netanyahu had earlier approved the construction of nearly 240 settlement units in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Meanwhile, Assistant UN Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez Taranco said on Monday that the new Israeli decision violated international law.
The recently-held direct talks between Netanyahu and acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas were stalled after Israel resumed its settlement activities just hours after the expiry of the 10-month partial freeze, which ended in late September.