Israel: Statement by the Spokesperson on further settlement expansion

29 Oct: Israel: Statement by the Spokesperson on further settlement expansion

(Source: EEAS)

On Wednesday, the Israeli authorities announced the publication of tenders for the construction of more than 2,860 housing units in 30 Israeli settlements, including some deep inside the West Bank. This follows the announcement on Sunday of tenders published for the construction of more than 1,300 housing units in Israeli settlements, as well as in Givat Hamatos, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Settlements are illegal under international law and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between the parties. The European Union has consistently made clear that it …