EU regrets Israel’s approval of new settlements in East Jerusalem
November 9, 2016
The EU considers that the approval by the Israeli authorities of the construction of new settlements compromises the viability of the two-state solution, according to statement issued yesterday, in which it expresses its regret that Israel has proceeded with these building permits despite continuous serious international concern and objections ever since these plans were first announced.
“The approval by the Israeli authorities of the construction permits for 181 housing units in the illegal settlement of Gilo contributes to closing the southern settlement ring around East Jerusalem, thereby compromising contiguity between East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which is crucial for the viability of the two-state solution,” said the statement.
“The steady and systematic acceleration of settlement expansion goes directly against the recommendations of the Quartet Report,” stressed the statement reiterating that “settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and seriously call into question Israel’s commitment to a negotiated two-state solution, as reaffirmed in numerous Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions.”