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EU: Israel to adhere to international law regarding new settlements

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The European Union (EU) has responded to Israel, which approved the construction of new housing in illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank under occupation.

In a written statement from the Office of the EU High Representative for External Relations and Security Policy, Josep Borrell says Israel’s approval for the construction of more than 1,900 new housing in new illegal Jewish settlements on the Coast The West is in violation of international law.

The statement said the recent decision to build new settlements on Palestinian territory and activities for all new settlements constitute an obstacle to a two-state solution.

“We call on the Israeli government to abide by international law and put an end to all settlement activities in the territories under occupation,” the statement said.

The EU’s stance on Israel’s policy of settlement on Palestinian territories under occupation is clear and unchanged, and the Union will not accept any changes made before the 1967 borders.

– Illegal Jewish settlements on the West Bank –

The Tel Aviv government has approved the construction of more than 1,900 new housing units in Jewish settlements located on the West Bank.

The West Bank, which Israel occupied in 1967, houses some 250 units of illegal Jewish settlements. These are home to more than 400,000 Jewish settlers who make life even more difficult for Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank.

Under international law, all Jewish settlements located in the territories under occupation are considered illegal.

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