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A senior Palestinian official warned Monday that the West Bank government would pursue war crime charges against Israel if it doesn't stop settlement construction.
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Palestinians, as Expected, Push
for War Crime Charges on Israel

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Palestinians are condemning Israel for announcing plans for new settlement construction immediately after the UN upgraded the status of a state of Palestine, and are demanding urgent international action to stop what they called "this latest Israeli provocation."

They are also threatening to bring war crimes charges against the Jewish state.

Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour said in letters sent late Monday to the UN secretary-general, Security Council and General Assembly that, at the same time that Palestinian leaders reaffirmed their readiness to resume peace negotiations, "Israel continues to flagrantly pursue its illegal policies and practices."

He appealed to the international community, including the UN Security Council, to act urgently to salvage the internationally-backed goal of two states living side-by-side in peace, which was reaffirmed in last Thursday's General Assembly resolution raising the Palestinians' UN status to a nonmember observer state.

A senior Palestinian official warned Monday that the West Bank government would pursue war crime charges against Israel if it doesn't stop settlement construction.

Nabil Shaath said late Monday that "many countries" have urged the Palestinian Authority not to use its new status to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court, a UN body. Shaath says, "By continuing these war crimes of settlement activities" on occupied territories, Israel is "pushing and forcing us to go to the ICC."

Earlier Monday, Israel's decision to approve 3,000 new homes on occupied territory drew sharp condemnation from European allies, with at least three governments summoning ambassadors to express their disapproval of an action they say undermines an already-troubled peace process.

The Israeli envoy to Paris was called to a meeting late Monday morning, according to a statement from the French foreign ministry spokesman, Philippe Lalliot. France, which was the first major European country to announce support for the Palestinian effort to win recognition at the UN, also sent a letter to the Israeli government, calling the settlement decision "a considerable obstacle to the two-state solution, by compromising the territorial integrity of a future Palestinian state."

Britain and Sweden also summoned the Israeli ambassadors, and Germany said the decision would hurt Israel's ability to negotiate a long-term peace agreement.

None of the European governments openly threatened any concrete measures to punish Israel.


Editor's Note: The idea that the rocket-shooting Palestinians are being "forced" to bring their "case" to the ICC is laughable. Israel has -- time after time after time -- negotiated in good faith and each and every time the Palestinians take and give nothing but death and violence in return. This disingenuous charade the Palestinians -- and Hamas -- are playing is old and repugnant.

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