Japan Urges Israel to Desist its Decision to Build 500 Settlement Units in East Jerusalem

RAMALLAH, November 5, 2014 (WAFA) – The Japanese government, in a press release Wednesday, urged Israel to desist from implementing its plans for the construction of 500 new settlement units in East Jerusalem, for the sake of progress in the peace process.

It deeply deplored Israel’s approval to advance plans for the construction of 500 new housing units in East Jerusalem, calling upon Israel to refrain from any unilateral act that changes the current status of East Jerusalem as well as the West Bank.

“As the Government of Japan has repeatedly expressed, The Israeli decision has a negative impact on the current security situation in Jerusalem and the ceasefire agreement regarding the Gaza Strip, and clearly goes against the ongoing efforts by the international community toward realizing a two-state solution,” stated the release.

“Settlement activities are a violation of international law, and Japan has repeatedly called upon Israel to fully freeze settlement activities,” said the statement.

“Japan once again strongly urges both Israeli and Palestinian sides to act to enhance mutual trust and continue to make steady efforts for peace,” concluded the release.