Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Israel ready to complete apartheid wall.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says Tel Aviv must complete its apartheid wall by 2010 amid rising global condemnation.

Palestinians condemn the 790-km-long West Bank separation wall as a major obstacle blocking any peace deal with the Israeli regime.

The apartheid wall cuts off large chunks of the West Bank, including key eastern parts of the holy city where Palestinians want a capital for future statehood.

"Over the years, the security fence has gone from the project that set the international community against us to a project that constitutes an example of how to defend against terrorism," Olmert said.

Israel occupied the eastern part of al-Quds in the 1967 Six-Day War. It calls the entire city its capital, a claim not recognized internationally. In 2004, the World Court declared the apartheid wall illegal since it is being built inside the occupied West Bank, but Israel has pressed ahead with its construction.

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