EU Spokesperson Slams Israel’s Settlement Construction Decision in East Jerusalem

BRUSSELD, May 9, 2015 (WAFA) – The European Union spokesperson Saturday slammed Israel’s latest settlement construction decision in an East Jerusalem settlement, stating that Israel’s insistence on settlement construction calls into question its commitment to a negotiated agreement with the Palestinians

“Israel’s determination to continue its settlement policy despite the urging of the international community, not only threatens the viability of the two state solution but also seriously calls into question its commitment to a negotiated agreement with the Palestinians,” said the spokesperson in a statement.

The spokesperson affirmed that, ‘the EU and its member states are committed to ensure continued, full and effective implementation of existing EU legislation and bilateral arrangements applicable to settlements,” stressing that settlements are illegal under international law.

The Israeli District Planning and Building Committee last week took a decision allowing for further settlement expansion in Ramat Shlomo East Jerusalem settlement.

On November 2014, the EU’s Foreign Ministers unanimously expressed their concerns at the announcement of new housing units and called on Israel to reverse that decision.

 

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