EU condemns construction of new Jewish settlements in West Bank

The European Union (EU) condemned the approval by Israeli authorities and advanced plans for the construction of nearly 2,000 settlement units in the West Bank.

“These developments, alongside a number of other related actions taken in recent months, seriously undermine the viability of a negotiated two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace,” Maja Kocijancic, Spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, said in a statement, Palinfo reported.

“Building new settlements for Israelis while demolishing Palestinian homes in the same area will only further entrench a one-state reality of unequal rights, perpetual occupation and conflict,” he added.

“In line with our long-standing position on Israel’s settlement policy, illegal under international law, and actions taken in that context, such as forced transfers, evictions, demolitions and confiscations of homes, the EU expects the Israeli authorities to reconsider and reverse these decisions,” the EU statement said, adding that this issue has been raised directly with Israeli authorities. 

At the same time, the Israeli authorities have voiced their intent to demolish the Palestinian community of Khan Al-Ahmar in Area C, which is the main land reserve of a viable and contiguous Palestinian state.