» 03/11/2010, 00.00
ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Possible government crisis if Israel continues settlements in East Jerusalem
Threats of abandonment of the coalition government by the Labor Party. 1600 new settlements are likely to eliminate forever the possibility that East Jerusalem become the capital of a future Palestinian state. The government of Tel Aviv plans 50 thousand new homes in Arab and nearby areas.
Jerusalem (AsiaNews) - The Labor party will leave the governing coalition, creating a government crisis if, the decision to build 1600new settlements in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in 1968, goes ahead.
Shalom Simhon, Agriculture Minister in the government of Netanyahu and Labor party member, said today that members of his party "have increasing difficulties in taking part in the coalition government" of which they are part "with regard to the relaunch of the peace process with the Palestinians".
The Ministry of the Interior has approved the construction of 1,600 new homes in Ramat Shlomo, in the Arab area of Jerusalem. The decision coincides with the visit to Israel of U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, who is trying to revive the peace process. The new draft settlement poses new obstacles to dialogue with the Palestinians, who want a freeze on Jewish settlements in the occupied territories as a condition for the resumption of dialogue.
The settlements in occupied territory are illegal under international rules. Their growth in East Jerusalem threatens to remove forever the possibility that it may one day become the capital of a Palestinian state.
According to the newspaper Haaretz, in the coming years the government has planned to build 50 thousand new homes in East Jerusalem and nearby areas. The Israeli Ministry of Interior has justified its plans saying that the development of Jewish Jerusalem can only be to the east, in the Palestinian Area, because the projects in the west have been blocked by environmental groups.
UN criticizes Israel for new settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank
Decided condemnation of EU members. The U.S. blocks a Security Council resolution, but criticizes Netanyahu’s policy for Israel. The new construction projects in Givat Hamatos and Ramat Shlomo separate East Jerusalem from the rest of the territories. A new motorway in Beit Safafa bisects the Palestinian village for the benefit of Israeli settlers in Gush Etzion. Palestine could seek justice at the international court in The Hague.
Sharon's disengagement plan to continue despite party opposition
23/12/2016 09:11:00 EGYPT-US-UN
UN resolution on Israel and the settlements postponed after Trump intervention
A draft submitted by Egypt, was withdrawn the next day. US President-elect, not yet in office, imposed US veto.
06/02/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Israel approves 500 new homes in West Bank
The apartment blocks slated for in Har Homa , Neve Yaakov and Pisgat Zeev settlements in East Jerusalem . Since August 2013, the government has granted more than 4 thousand permits for housing lots.
11/01/2016 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Jerusalem office of Israeli NGO B’Tselem torched in suspected arson attack
The NGO champions human rights in the Occupied Territories. The blaze broke out when the office was closed so no one was killed or injured. Human rights activists and groups blame the Netanyahu government for the serious incident. Last month, Israel’s Defence minister slammed Breaking the Silence.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
18/02/2017 CHINA - VATICAN
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