The Quartet published a report in which it blasted Israel for building in Judea and Samaria, comparing it to Palestinian terror. It also criticized the Palestinians for inciting to terrorism. PA officials claim the Quartet is biased in Israel's favor and has ceased to serve as an impartial mediator.

The plans were announced as a response to the recent wave of Palestinian terror attacks. As usual, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced Israel's decision thought he made no such statement against Palestinian incitement or terror.