Turkish president concerned with illegal Israeli settlements

Gul says illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian lands reach over 650 thousand.

Turkish president concerned with illegal Israeli settlements

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Wednesday has said Israel's settlement policy posed a "grave threat" to a two-state solution.

"The number of Israeli settlements has reached 650,000 from 200,00 in 1993 when the Oslo process began, which is a grave threat to a Palestinian state with Eastern Jerusalem as its capital under a two-state solution," Gul was quoted as telling a meeting on Israel's settlement policy at a summit gathering of leaders of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Gul said the illegal Israeli settlements constituted the biggest obstacle before a lasting solution in the Middle East, adding the settlements expanded despite international community's warnings.

"And Israeli settlers recklessly continue assaulting mosques and churches in Eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank in a bid to eradicate the Islamic and Christian pasts and history of Jerusalem," sources close to the meeting cited Gul as saying.

Gul said Israeli excavations also threatened the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other Muslim shrines, adding that Israel denied Palestinians their right to build homes on their own lands.



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