Egyptian FM slams 'provocative' Israeli politics

Ahram Online , Wednesday 28 Sep 2011

Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr condemned as provocative Israel's announcement of a new settlement building project in East Jerusalem

Mohamed Kemal
Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Kemal Ali Amr addresses the 66th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, in New York, September 24, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr has lambasted Israel’s announcement on Tuesday of its intentions to build 1000 new settlement units in East Jerusalem, saying this only proves that Tel-Aviv is once again resorting to “provocative politics.”

Amr, who made the statements during a visit to Washington, stated that Israel’s decision is illegitimate and that it places an unnecessary obstacle in front of the international community which is now trying to restore credibility to the defunct peace process and achieve a fair political settlement to the crisis.

Israel’s latest move, according to the foreign minister, simply shows that they want to continue resorting to provocative politics by building illegal settlements.

He added that the Egyptian government is concerned at the speed Israel has been building settlements in the past two months, pointing out that Israel already approved the building of 600 new settlement units. These realities, he argues, highlight Tel-Aviv’s lack of responsibility or control in building settlements over occupied Palestinian land.

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