EU calls on Israel to reconsider settlement expansion plan

July 10, 2017
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The EU has called on the Israeli authorities to reconsider their decision to expand settlement plans in East Jerusalem, after Israel last week proceeded with plans and issued building permits for over new 1,500 settlement units.

Further settlement plans are reportedly expected to move forward, including in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

“The settlement policy is illegal under international law, and its continuation undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for a lasting peace,” an EU statement said.

“The EU expects both sides to engage in a meaningful process towards a negotiated two-state solution, the only way to fulfil the legitimate aspirations of both parties, and stands ready to support them in this endeavour, together with international and regional partners.”


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EU Delegation to Israel – website

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