BRUSSELS, Jan. 9 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The European Union on Thursday criticized Israel's plan to build 2,000 new homes in the West Bank, reiterating that these settlements in occupied territory are illegal according to International Law and has called on Tel Aviv to end this strategy.
“We ask the Government of Israel to fully comply with International Law and end all settlement activity in the occupied territories. Violence against Palestinian civilians by settlers must be stopped and avoided,” he said in a statement from the spokesman of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell.
This week the Israeli authorities have advanced their plans to build 2,000 new homes in settlements in occupied areas of the West Bank. The Subcommission on the Promotion of Civil Administration, the body of the Ministry of Defense that authorizes new construction in settlements, approved between Sunday and Monday the protocols for 1,936 homes, of which 1,150 are in a first phase.
Given this, the EU reiterates its position contrary to settlements, recalling that they are illegal under the international legal framework and pose a “major obstacle” to achieve the solution of the two States.