Icelandic Foreign Minister Condemns New Settlement

Published December 4, 2012

Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said Israel was “punishing” Palestine for attaining symbolic statehood by building settlements which are likely to only increase tensions in the area.
Last month, Palestine was granted the status of “non-member observer state” by the United Nations, despite the objections of Israel and other countries. In response, Israel is moving ahead with plans to build some 3,500 settlement homes in an area of the West Bank known as E-1. If the plans move forward, this would effectively cut off the West Bank from East Jerusalem – which is where the Palestinians hope to have their capital – and create a chokepoint between the northern and southern portions of the West Bank.
Many nations have strongly condemned the move, and Iceland is no exception. Vísir reports that Minister of Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéðinsson has condemned the proposed settlement housing.
“With this behaviour, Israel is punishing the Palestinians for taking a step in the direction of a two-state solution,” he told reporters. “A solution Israel has said they support. The consequences for these actions can be none other than doing damage to the possibility of a two-state solution.”
The settlements themselves are considered by the UN to be a violation of international law. Israeli Cabinet Minister Uzi Landau has responded to the international criticism, saying, “We don’t tell the British or the French where to build in Paris or London and we do not expect anybody to tell us what to do in Jerusalem.”



News
MP To Make Millions Off Fishing Bill

MP To Make Millions Off Fishing Bill

by

The wife of a Progressive MP stands to make millions from a bill her husband is partially responsible for crafting.

News
Artist Dumps Red Dye In Geyser

Artist Dumps Red Dye In Geyser

by

Tourists greeted with the sight of Strokkur erupting in a bright pink colour have apparently seen the latest work by

News
Unemployment Continues Yearly Decline

Unemployment Continues Yearly Decline

by

Unemployment in Iceland for the month of March is now at 4%, down by over 2% from this time last

News
Snoop Dogg! Playing A Gig In Iceland! This July!

Snoop Dogg! Playing A Gig In Iceland! This July!

by

International hip hop superstar and emissary of cool, Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., aka. Snoop Dogg, is returning to Iceland to

News
Dagur Kári’s ‘Virgin Mountain’ Wins Top Prizes At Tribeca, Gunnar Jónsson Named Best Actor

Dagur Kári’s ‘Virgin Mountain’ Wins Top Prizes At Tribeca, Gunnar Jónsson Named Best Actor

by

Director Dagur Kári’s latest film, Virgin Mountain dominated New York’s Tribeca Film Festival last night, taking the prize for the festival’s world

News
It’s Birch-Tappin’ Time

It’s Birch-Tappin’ Time

by

That time of year is upon us again: when Icelandic birch trees will be tapped for the delicious and purportedly

Show Me More!