The German Foreign Ministry released a statement condemning the Israeli Knesset for passing the controversial Regulation Law last night. Germany joins a list of Israel’s allies who issued similar statements.

German Foreign Ministry condemns Israel's new law

German Foreign Ministry condemns Israel’s new law Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Following France, the UK and the EU, another one of Israel’s closest allies, Germany, also strongly condemned the Regulation Law. According to a statement published this morning (Wednesday), the German Foreign Ministry condemned last night’s approval of the Regulation Law in the Knesset.

The German Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said that legitimizing the law to regulate settlements on Palestinian territory undermines the two-state solution, which he said is the only solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

Germany added that the retroactive legalization of outposts and settlements in the territories is considered illegal even by Israel itself and that many who support Israel in Germany are disappointed by the move.

Germany’s condemnation follows the condemnation by the European Union. In their statement, the EU noted that the law permits the legalization of many settlements and outposts that were previously considered illegal under Israeli law. According to the EU, this contradicts previous commitments by the Israeli government and this is considered to be illegal under Israeli law. French President Holland claimed in turn that the law paves the way for annexation.

UK Minister condemns Regulation Law

UK Minister condemns Regulation Law Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The UK also condemned the new law. British Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood said, “It is of great concern that the bill paves the way for significant growth in settlements in the West Bank, threatening the viability of the two-state solution. As a longstanding friend of Israel, I condemn the passing of the Land Regularization Bill by the Knesset, which damages Israel’s standing with its international partners.”