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Britain condemns Israeli settlements as “deliberate vandalism”


Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

As Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is on an official visit to the UK, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg made some of Britain’s strongest comments on the Middle-East conflict. “Once you place physical facts on the ground which make it impossible to deliver what everyone has for years agreed is the ultimate destination, then you do immense damage,” Clegg said. “It’s an act of deliberate vandalism to the basic premise upon which negotiations have taken place for years and that is why we have expressed our concerns as a government in increasingly forceful terms.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron also condemned Israeli settlements: “We think that time, in some ways, is running out for the two-state solution unless we can push forwards now, because otherwise the facts on the ground will make it more and more difficult, which is why the settlement issue remains so important.”

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