European Commission spokesperson for foreign affairs issues Peter Stano said that the EU condemns Israel’s plans to build 850 new illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.
“Israel’s latest decision to advance plans for the approval and construction of almost 800 new settlement units in the West Bank, is contrary to international law and further undermines the prospects of a viable two-state solution,” Stano said in a statement
Israel/Palestine: latest decision on plans & construction of #settlements is against international law & further undermines prospect for 2-State solution. Settlements are illegal under intl law. 🇪🇺 calls on 🇮🇱 to end all related activities https://t.co/w7p6l8dKxz
— Peter Stano (@ExtSpoxEU) January 17, 2021
The EU also reiterates its call on ‘Israel’l to suspend the ongoing bidding process for the construction of housing units for an entirely new settlement in Givat Hamatos.
“The EU has repeatedly called on Israel to end all settlement activity, and to dismantle outposts erected since March 2001. It remains the EU’s firm position that settlements are illegal under international law. The EU calls upon both parties to avoid unilateral steps that could undermine the two state-solution.”
“At this critical juncture for peace in the Middle East, these moves are also counterproductive in light of the positive developments of normalisation agreements between Israel and a number of Arab States.”
The EU also calls upon ‘Israel’ to reverse these decisions on settlements and “show leadership to rebuild trust and confidence between the parties, which is necessary for an eventual resumption of meaningful Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.”