Palestine blasts Israel for 'building settlement homes' plan post UN recognition as state
The Palestinian U.N. envoy has reportedly accused Israel of carrying out 'an immediate provocation' following the U.N. recognition of the Palestinian state.
Riyad Mansour said the Palestinians 'will continue to extend our hand in peace' but warned that continued provocations could lead to unspecified actions.
According to Fox News Palestinians' remarks came after Israel revealed that it will build 3,000 more homes for Jews on Israeli-occupied lands that the world body overwhelmingly said belong to the Palestinians.
Israel also plans construction in a strategic area of the West Bank where critics have long warned that Jewish settlements would kill hopes for a viable Palestinian state.
According to the report, Israel's moves served as a harsh reminder to Palestinians, euphoric over the U.N. upgrade, that while they now have a state on paper, most of it remains very much under Israeli control.
Israel's decision was bound to embarrass the United States, which was among just nine countries in the 193-member General Assembly to vote against accepting Palestine as a nonmember observer state, the report said.