According to a statement released by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, the Israeli decision to permit the construction of 1,500 new residential units in Ramat Shloma and the start of planning for around 5,000 new residences in the Givat Hamatos and Gilo settlements were the latest examples of Israeli provocation despite the calls and warnings made by the international community.
“We strongly condemn Israel’s attitude, which violated international laws and deliberately destroyed a platform for permanent and fair peace in the region,” underlined the statement.
“Israel, which aims to change the historical, cultural and religious nature of the Palestinian territories, particularly East Jerusalem, with its nonstop settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories and other practices that are contrary to international law, must understand that it won’t achieve its goals by unilateral moves,” said the statement.
The statement called on Israel to fulfill its obligations under international law and immediately end all activities that damage the platform for peace.
“We call on the international community to take the necessary measures against Israel’s one-sided illegal acts which destroy a two-state solution. Turkey will continue to be on the side of the Palestinian people against Israeli implementations that violate international law,” the statement stressed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to build thousands of homes in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in response to the UN General Assembly’s decision last month to upgrade Palestine’s status to non-member observer state. On Monday, he said Israel will push forward with plans to build 1,500 apartments in East Jerusalem, the Palestinians’ hoped-for capital.
The General Assembly decision recognized a Palestinian state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, widely known as the Six-Day War. That annexation has not been recognized internationally.
Israel rejects a return to the 1967 lines and has accused the Palestinians of bypassing negotiations with their UN bid.