ISRAEL HAS also decided to speed up the planning to link Jerusalem with a Jewish settlement, Ma'aleh Adumim, in a move that would cut deep into a future Palestinian state based on 1967 borders. The US and Europe have long asked the Israeli government to not to build there.
Reacting to the new settlement plans by the Israel, an expert on Middle East issues and India-based senior war journalist Dr. Waiel Awwad told this citizen journalist that such a reaction from Israel is natural. “This is the arrogance and natural reaction by an occupier,” said Dr. Awwad.
Meanwhile, Europe has severely criticized the latest move by Israel. "If Israel confirms these decisions officially, then it is an exercise in the most cynical, self-obsessed and self destructive policy-making imaginable," said one European diplomat, reported The Guardian.
Israel has condemned the recognition of a Palestinian state, given by the UN after voting, as damaging to peace while also, more privately, expressing concern about how many European countries backed the move.
There were mixed reactions from Palestinian. Palestinian officials said that if UN recognition is not used to renew the dormant peace process - it will lead to more violence.