Israel’s Recent Settlement Plans Jeopardize Peace Efforts, says Mogherini

BRUSSELS, November 5, 2014 (WAFA) – The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said on Wednesday Israel’s approval of the construction of over 500 new housing units in the East Jerusalem jeopardizes the on-going efforts to resume a diplomatic process.

“This decision represents yet another highly detrimental step which undermines the prospects for a two-state solution and seriously calls into question Israel’s commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians,” stressed the EU’s foreign policy chief.

She added, “Since the pleas by the EU, by its Member States and by many other members of the international community on the issue of Israeli settlements have remained unheard, I call on the Israeli authorities to reverse it and put an end to its settlement policy in East Jerusalem and in the West Bank.”

Last Monday, the Israeli Cabinet approved the construction of 640 new illegal housing units in Ramat Shlomo settlement in East Jerusalem, a step considered to be an impediment in the way of any renewal of floundering peace talks.