BRUSSELS, Wednesday, August 07, 2019 (WAFA) – The European Union criticized today Israeli settlement plans in the occupied Palestinian territory and called on Israel to cease the policy of settlement construction and expansion.
"Israeli authorities have approved the advancement of well over 2,000 housing units in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. The European Union‘s position on Israeli settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territory is clear and remains unchanged: all settlement activity is illegal under international law and it erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace," according to a statement by the EU spokesperson.
Commenting on the Israeli approval last week of 715 housing units for Palestinians in Area C of the occupied West Bank, which is under full Israeli control, parallel with the construction of thousands of units in the illegal Israeli settlements, the EU spokesperson said the Palestinian population living in Area C "continues to face repeated confiscations, demolitions, displacements and land expropriation, while almost all of their submitted master plans and building permits for Palestinian development remain unapproved."
The spokesperson concluded: "The EU expects the Israeli authorities to fully meet their obligations as an occupying power under International Humanitarian Law, and to cease the policy of settlement construction and expansion, of designating land for exclusive Israeli use, and of denying Palestinian development. The EU will continue to support a resumption of a meaningful process towards a negotiated two-state solution, the only realistic and viable way to fulfill the legitimate aspirations of both parties."