According to the UK, the Israeli regime’s announcement to “advance over 2,800 housing units” in West Bank settlements is “unacceptable and disappointing.
Such actions are illegal under international law and call into question Israel’s commitment to any future peace agreement with the Palestinians.
The Israeli authorities have approved construction of hundreds of new Jewish-only settlement units (military outposts) in occupied East Jerusalem.
France called on Israel to reconsider recently issued approvals for more than 2,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, saying they would violate international law.
The settlements undermined the conditions for a two-state solution.
Some 600,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War that are also home to more than 2.6 million Palestinians.
Many millions more have been deported to concentration camps outside the Palestinian homeland.
International law regards both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as “occupied territories” and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there as illegal.
Most countries consider all settlements that Israel has built in captured territory to be illegal. Israel disputes this and says their future should be determined in peace talks with the Palestinians.
Middle East Monitor.com / ABC Flash Point News 2018.