1 April 1998 (A/52/862, S/1998/290, A/ES-10/24)

Letter from Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N., to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the Security Council: (Prime Minister’s Statements)

I wish to follow up my previous letters regarding the reckless statements being constantly made by officials of the Israeli government, which serve only to further damage the fragile fabric of the Middle East peace process and clearly demonstrate the established policy of this government to continue violating international law and United Nations resolutions.

On Tuesday, 31 March 1998, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, visited an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank, "Maale Adumim", where he proceeded to call the settlement a "part of greater Jerusalem" and stated "we are putting efforts into the growth of this place". The promotion of ideas such as "greater Jerusalem" or "greater Israel" should be condemned in the strongest possible terms, as they are obvious reflections of expansionist colonialist policies. These recent statements come in direct violation of Security Council and General Assembly resolutions on the status of Jerusalem and in defiance of the position of every single other Member State at the United Nations. Such statements also violate the agreements reached between the two sides, which leave the future of Jerusalem as subject to negotiations between the two sides during the final status stage.

It is also relevant to note that the above statements were made only one day after the conclusion of the visit to the region by the U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East peace process, Mr. Dennis Ross, which did not produce any tangible results due to continuing Israeli intransigence and attempts to evade their obligations under the agreements reached. Clearly, these statements only reaffirm Israeli negative intentions in this regard.