SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-
Italy has strongly criticized Israel’s decision to move forward in its plan for building new housing units in occupied Jerusalem “as an obstacle to the peace process.”
Israel’s decision to build 2160 homes at Givat Hamatos, near Jerusalem, is an obstacle to the efforts to reach a definitive solution to a conflict that has already affected, if not broken, the lives of too many generations, the Italian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.
“It is a provision that appears incompatible with the Israeli government’s several times reiterated intention to reach peace through a two-state solution. It is a decision that would weaken any possibility of the agreement envisaging Jerusalem as the future capital of the two states,” according to the statement.
The statement concluded by appealing to the Israeli government to review this decision and continue along the road of negotiations.
Israeli leftist movement Peace Now published a statement condemning the plan to build new housing units in Givat Hamatos Wednesday, ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington.
The organization charged that the plan was “destructive to the two-state solution,” and accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of trying to “destroy the possibility” of peace.