15 European Nations Urges Israel To Stop Settlement Expansion

Several European countries on Friday urged Israel to reverse its decision to advance plans to construct around 4,000 housing units in the West Bank.

In a joint statement by fifteen spokespersons of the Foreign Ministries of France, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, and Sweden, the countries called the new settlement scheme as a clear violation of international law.

“We are deeply concerned by the decision of the Israeli Higher Planning Council to advance plans for the construction of housing units in the West Bank as it stands in the way of a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” the statement reads.

The EU states also called on Israeli authorities not to proceed with any planned demolitions or evictions in East Jerusalem, especially in the Masafer Yatta area which directly threatens the viability of a future Palestinian state.

Israel moved forward with plans to build some 4,000 homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank which also earned the strongest criticism from the US President Joe Biden’s administration which called on Israel to immediately stop the construction work. 

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