Peace Requires Ending Settlements, Occupation, says Official

RAMALLAH, December 31, 2012 (WAFA) – PLO Executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi Monday said freezing settlement activities and ending the Israeli occupation are essential demands to achieve peace.

She said during a meeting with an American delegation in the PLO headquarters in Ramallah that the ongoing Israeli violations will eventually drag the area into a wave of violence which will effect Israel and the entire region.

Ashrwai pointed out that approving the construction of thousands of settlement units and the demolition of and eviction from Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem aim at ethnically cleansing the indigenous people of the land, isolate Jerusalem from its surroundings and divide the West Bank.

She said going to the United Nations was a legal and non-violent approach and said that Israel is responsible for the failure of negotiations after using them as a legal and political cover for its takeover of the land.

She criticized the US policy regarding the Palestinian cause and its pressure on world governments not to vote for the Palestinian resolution during the UN bid, calling on the US government to adopt an approach that is not dictated by Israel.

Source: WAFA News