Israel about to sever West Bank from Jerusalem, an EU envoy warns


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Israel about to sever West Bank from Jerusalem, an EU envoy warns
The EU and much of the international community believes in a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the pre-1967 lines.
Published: NOVEMBER 22, 2021

Israel has reached the final stage of severing the West Bank from Jerusalem, European Union Representative to the Palestinian Authority Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff warned on Sunday. “We are 11:15 p.m. or 11:45 p.m. from reaching midnight right now,” Burgsdorff told The Jerusalem Post, as he stood with representatives from more than 20 European and like-minded countries at the site of the former Kalandia airport. He voiced concern over two Israeli projects which they fear would destroy any prospects for a future Palestinian state.

The first is the construction of close to 3,500 settlement homes in an unbuilt area of the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement, known as E1. The project has been largely frozen for decades, but former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu advanced the project during the last elections and allowed for the deposit of its building plans with the Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria.