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Thursday, October 16, 2014

U.N. chief demands Israel scrap East Jerusalem settlement plan

Prophecy Sign:  Dividing the Holy Land

I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. Joel 3:2 NIV

U.N. chief demands Israel scrap East Jerusalem settlement plan
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel on Monday to scrap plans to expand settlements in East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as the capital of a future state, and urged both sides to return rapidly to peace talks. Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East War and annexed the city's eastern half in a move not recognized internationally. Palestinians seek to establish statehood in the three territories, while Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital.

British parliament votes in favor of recognizing Palestine
After a four-hour debate during which over 50 MPs spoke, the British Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favor of the government recognizing Palestine as a state on Monday night. The ayes had it when 274 MPs voted to adopt the non-binding motion and only 12 voted against it. The original motion stipulated that "this House believes that the government should recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel." During the debate it was amended to include the words "as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution."  Prime Minister David Cameron and his government ministers abstained from the vote, which was called by an opposition lawmaker, and Cameron's spokesman earlier said foreign policy would not be affected whatever the outcome.

Report: Spanish parliament to vote on Palestinian state recognition
The Spanish parliament is reportedly slated to vote on recognizing Palestinian statehood following suit of British lawmakers earlier in the week, according to Al Arabiya on Thursday. The report came following a vote in Britain’s House of Commons on Monday in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

EU set to reassess ties if Israel doesn't move on peace
The European Union is inconspicuously but determinedly threatening to reevaluate bilateral ties with Israel if the Netanyahu government fails to make progress toward a two-state solution and continues its current policy of allowing construction beyond the pre-1967 lines. The EU’s new policy has gone largely unnoticed due to this summer’s Operation Protective Edge, but EU officials are already busy at work on a set of sanctions against Israel that Brussels could enact whenever the union’s political echelon gives a green light. Indeed, some in the EU are currently considering implementing a mechanism that would immediately penalize Israel for every step deemed unhelpful to the peace process (such as settlement expansion), a senior European diplomat told The Times of Israel. 

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