A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (19 November) after remarks by US Secretary of State Pompeo on the US assessment under international law of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories:
The Federal Government reaffirms its position with regard to Israel’s settlement policy in the occupied territories. In the Federal Government’s view, the construction of settlements is illegal under international law, represents an obstacle to the possibility of a peace process and makes a negotiated two-state solution more difficult. We wish to refer in this regard to Resolution 2334 of the UN Security Council, which reaffirms this assessment under international law.
Together with its partners in the EU, the Federal Government will continue to work to achieve an amicable negotiated solution that takes into account the legitimate demands of both parties to the conflict.