ASK 12 European countries Thursday (28/10) urged Israel cancel plans to build more than 3,000 settler homes in the West Bank, Palestine, which is busy.
A day after the United States criticized the plan, France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden have called on Israel to reverse its decision to build settlements.
“We urge the Israeli government to reverse its decision to proceed with the planned construction of some 3,000 settlement units in the West Bank,” foreign ministries of the 12 countries said in a joint statement.
“We reiterate our firm opposition to the policy of expansion of settlements throughout the occupied Palestinian territories which violates international law and undermines efforts for a two-state solution,” they said.
Israel on Wednesday took a new initiative to build settler homes in the occupied West Bank. This decision was also condemned by the Palestinians.
The senior civil administration planning committee has given final approval for 1,800 houses and initial support for 1,344 others, said a spokesperson for the military agency that oversees civil affairs in the Palestinian territories.
Some 475,000 Israeli Jews already live in settlements in the West Bank, which are considered illegal under international law. This is because the settlements are on land that the Palestinians claim as part of their future state.
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The approval came a day after Washington criticized Israel for its settlement-building policies. President Joe Biden’s administration has said it strongly opposes new developments in the West Bank. (AFP / OL-14)