The EU released a statement harshly condemning the recent decision to approve over a thousand housing units in the West Bank: “It undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for a lasting peace.”
West Bank construction Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The European Union has harshly condemned the Israeli government’s decision to build thousands of housing units in the West Bank. In a statement released Wednesday, the EU’s foreign department stated: “All settlement activity is illegal under international law.”
The EU called on Israel to “reconsider” and stop the decision: “It undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for a lasting peace.”
“The European Union has requested clarifications from Israeli authorities and conveyed the expectation that they reconsider these decisions, which are detrimental to on-going efforts towards meaningful peace talks,” the statement continued. “The EU will continue to engage with both parties and its international and regional partners, including within the Quartet, to support a resumption of a meaningful process towards a negotiated two-state solution, the only realistic and viable way to fulfil the legitimate aspirations of both parties.”
Yesterday, the Higher Planning Council approved the construction of about 1,200 housing units in the West Bank. It is still unclear whether the construction will take place within the settlement blocs or in other areas of the West Bank.
The approval came about a week after Channel 2 News reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to approve thousands of housing units in the West Bank within a short period of time. However, despite the West Bank construction spurt, roads that bypass Palestinian villages and industrial areas will still have to wait for approval.