On January 25th the lead story on the BBC News website’s Middle East page once again concerned Israeli planning permits.
In that article – titled “UN condemns Israel’s West Bank settlement plans” – readers were told that:
“The United Nations has condemned Israeli plans to build more settlements in the occupied West Bank.
A UN spokesman said “unilateral actions” were an obstacle to peace based on a two-state solution. […]
Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, said: “For the secretary general there is no Plan B for the two-states solution.
“In this respect any unilateral decision that can be an obstacle to the two-state goal is of grave concern for the secretary general.
“There is a need for the two parties to engage in a bona fide negotiation to reach the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine, two states for two…
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