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Federal Foreign Office on the construction of further Israeli settlements in the West Bank

12.01.2018 - Press release

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (12 January):

We have noted with great concern yesterday’s decisions on the construction of further Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Particularly worrying is the high proportion of new housing units in settlements that are located far from the 1967 border and the retroactive legalisation of apartments built on private Palestinian land in an illegal outpost.
 In a situation where legitimate questions have been raised about the future of the Middle East peace process, all sides are called upon to exercise particular restraint. Those who create facts unilaterally now make future negotiations even more difficult. Only a negotiated two-state solution can meet the legitimate demands of both sides, put an end to the occupation and all claims, and thus create durable peace.

Background information

On 10 January, further planning steps were approved for 1,122 housing units in 20 Israeli settlements and outposts throughout the occupied West Bank, including 7 structures in the illegal outpost of Nativ Ha’Avot, some of which are on private Palestinian land, which were retroactively legalised and which, according to a Supreme Court's decision, should be demolished by 6 March at the latest. On 11 January, additional tenders were published for 651 housing units. Minister of Defence Lieberman announced further approvals.

On 31 December 2017, the Likud Central Committee unanimously voted in favour of a non-binding resolution calling for the annexation of settlements in the West Bank.


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