UN representative voices unusually harsh criticism of Israeli policies in the West Bank

The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process severely criticized Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s “carrot and stick” plan to battle terror, as well as the Israeli government’s overall conduct in the West Bank.
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Less than a week after the previous clash between Israel and the United Nations, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolay Mladenov severely criticized Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s policy against Palestinian terror, as well as the Israeli government’s overall policy in the West Bank.

“No legal acrobatics can change the fact that all outposts, whether legalized by Israeli law or not, whether located on state land or absentee land or private Palestinian land - just like all settlements in Area C and East Jerusalem - remain illegal under international law,” Mladenov claimed.

Mladenov is stationed in Jerusalem and briefs the UN Security Council from there. According to the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, the “carrot and stick” plan to defeat terror announced by Lieberman constitutes unacceptable collective punishment on villages from which terrorists emerge or will emerge in the future.

Mladenov went on to meticulously detail the Israeli government’s settlement construction plans in the West Bank, stressing that all Israeli settlements were illegal and stating that he sees Israel’s settlement policy as in effect promoting a one-state solution between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

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