Russia, UK, top EU nations issue rebuke on settlement plans

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Russia, UK, top EU nations issue rebuke on settlement plans
They called on "both parties" to cooperate and reduce tensions towards "creating the conditions necessary for promoting peace."
By LAHAV HARKOV, TOVAH LAZAROFF
OCTOBER 28, 2021

Russia, the United Kingdom and 12 European countries took Israel to task for its advancement of plans for 3,130 settlement homes in the West Bank and its publication of an additional 1,355 tenders this week. “We urge the Government of Israel to reverse its decision,” the foreign ministries of 12 European countries said in a joint statement they issued, the first of its kind since Prime Minister Naftali Bennett took office.

“We reiterate our strong opposition to its policy of settlement expansion across the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which violates international law and undermines efforts for the two-state solution,” the foreign ministries of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and Sweden stated. They called on “both parties” to cooperate and reduce tensions towards “creating the conditions necessary for promoting peace.” UK Minister of the State for the Middle East and North Africa, James Cleverly, similarly urged Israel to rescind the plans and tenders, as well as one issued for 83 Jewish homes in east Jerusalem’s new Givat HaMatos neighborhood.

more............. https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/british-minister-condemns-israeli-west-bank-housing-plan-683354
 
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