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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Europe blasts Israeli construction

Britain, France and Germany on Friday all condemned Israel over the approval of a new community in Judea and Samaria for the former residents of Amona who were evicted from their homes.
 
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement that the construction “undermines” the two-state solution.
 
“The UK strongly condemns the Israeli government’s decision to found a new settlement deep in the West Bank; the first such government decision for over 25 years. I am also disappointed that Israel plans to expropriate additional West Bank territory as ‘state land’, and press forward with plans for almost 2,000 housing units in spite of significant international concern,” he said.
 
“These announcements are contrary to international law and seriously undermine the prospects of two states for two peoples. As a strong friend of Israel, and one prepared to stand up for Israel when it faces bias and unreasonable criticism, I urge Israel not to take steps such as these, which move us away from our shared goal of peace and security and make it harder to achieve a different relationship between Israel and the Arab world,” added Johnson.
 
Similarly, the French Foreign Ministry also condemned the Israeli announcement, saying such decisions "threaten peace and may exacerbate tensions on the ground.” READ MORE