West Bank settlement leaders: “Encouraging a two state solution will cause bloodshed”

US President Barack Obama's call to stop the Israeli building in the West Bank caused a great uproar among settlement leaders. "Obama's call hurts our rights as human beings and continues to contribute to the insanity in the region,” said the settlement leaders.
The Itamar settlement (archive) Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Obama's call yesterday (Tuesday) to Israel to stop building in the settlements caused an uproar among the leaders in the West Bank. Also, Obama was criticized for his conduct after saying, "Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land." The hot topic is expected to be discussed in the meeting between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this evening.

Head of the Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan said that Obama's demands "severely hurt the settlers' human rights."

Dagan added: "The consequences of Obama's demands are that the settlers' children cannot study in an ordinary school like every other child in the world but in transportable structures. Obama's demands have already led Israel to stop the region’s water infrastructure development and so thousands of Israelis and Palestinians don't have water in the summer. His demands will lead to the uprooting of hundreds of thousands of innocent women and children from their homes."

President Obama speaking at the UN Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Obama's statements were also criticized by Har Hevron Regional Council head Yochay Damri: "Obama's failure in foreign affairs regarding the Middle East can be seen by the rivers of blood in Egypt, Algeria, Syria and more. Millions of citizens turned into refugees without a country. Only a person who doesn't live in the Middle East can speak so rampantly and destructively."

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