Spain Condemns Israel’s Approval of 500 New Settlement Units in East Jerusalem

SPAIN, November 5, 2014 (WAFA) – Spain expressed regret and condemned the Israeli authorities’ decision to proceed with the construction of 500 new housing units in an existing settlement in East Jerusalem, Wednesday reported the Spanish ministry of foreign affairs on its website.

​“The Government of Spain believes that this type of unilateral action contributes to making the future formation of a Palestine State unworkable and is therefore incompatible with Israel’s formal commitment to negotiate with the Palestinians to achieve a peaceful, global and lasting solution based on the two-State principle,” stated the statement.

Once again, Spain reiterates its position on the illegal nature of all settlements, a position it shares with the international community; settlements are illegal under international law.

Israeli announced on Monday its decision to build 500 new housing units in the illegal settlement of Ramot Shlomo in East Jerusalem.

Media sources reported that this decision came a week following Netanyahu’s announcement that he would accelerate construction in East Jerusalem.’