Palestinian Authority calls for UN Security Council meeting over Israeli settlements
PA says continued settlement construction on land Palestinians want for a state has reached a critical level.
By DPA | Jun.30, 2012 | 6:39 PM Haaretz News

Palestinians on Saturday called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Israeli settlement activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority said in a statement that continued settlement construction on land the Palestinians want for a state had reached a critical level.

"The rise in settlement activities in Jerusalem, the expropriation of land and the displacement of residents from their homes are proof of a dangerous Israeli government plan to undermine the two-states solution," it said in a statement.

The statement was issued after a meeting of the a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee headed by President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Palestinians suspended peace talks with Israel in 2010 over its refusal to extend a partial moratorium on settlement construction. Abbas has said he will resume negotiations only if Israel imposed a total freeze on settlement construction.

Israel says it wants peace talks to resume without preconditions.

"The present situation on the ground confirms that we have entered a situation very dangerous to the national project and to a political solution based on the two-state solution, which demands immediate intervention from the international community," the statement said.