Egypt condemns Israel's demolition of Arab houses in East Jerusalem

13:15, July 15, 2010      

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit Wednesday condemned Israel's move to demolish houses owned by Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

Israel is racing against time to impose facts on the ground before proximity talks with the Palestinians are over, the Egyptian foreign minister was quoted by the state-run MENA news agency as saying.

"This reflects Israel's intention to set obstacles in the way of peace talks," he added.

On Tuesday, Israeli bulldozers demolished what officials said are four structures in two Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.

City authorities said the demolition of the uninhabited structures was carried out as part of a court order, and are in the light of an annual work plan.

The United States and the international community has called on Israel not to raze Palestinian construction in Jerusalem.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state. Israel, however, considers the entire city its capital since the 1967 war, and Israeli officials have said they plan to continue construction in all parts of Jerusalem.

Palestinians and Israelis in May kicked off indirect talks brokered by the United States, aiming to resume direct negotiations that came to a halt when Israel launched a military operation on the Gaza Strip in December 2008 with the intention to end the home-made rocket attacks from the Hamas-ruled enclave.

Source: Xinhua


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