Fifteen European nations urge Israel to reverse plans for extra settler properties

Fifteen European nations on Friday urged Israel to drop plans for 1000’s extra settler properties within the West Financial institution, warning that they “stand in the best way” of lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

“The brand new housing items would represent a further impediment to the two-state resolution,” mentioned the international locations in a press release issued by their international ministries.

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“Israeli settlements are in clear violation of worldwide regulation and stand in the best way of a simply, lasting and complete peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” they added.

Israel superior plans on Thursday for 4,427 housing items for Jewish settlers within the occupied West Financial institution, an Israeli non-governmental group mentioned.

The Civil Administration’s excessive planning committee gave remaining approval to 2,791 items and preliminary endorsement for one more 1,636 items, mentioned Peace Now, a corporation that carefully screens Israeli settlement constructing.

Israel seized the West Financial institution and east Jerusalem from Jordan in 1967.

Since then, practically 700,000 Israelis have moved into settlements that many of the worldwide group regard as unlawful.

The housing plans are scattered all through a big swathe of the West Financial institution generally known as Space C, the place Israel workouts navy and planning management.

The 15 European international locations signing as much as Friday’s assertion embrace France, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Germany, Greece, Eire, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

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