European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Sunday condemned Israeli plans to push forward construction in the E1 area near Jerusalem, calling the decision extremely worrying due to the high number of homes involved.
Israel announced the construction of some 3,000 new units over the weekend.
"The European Union has repeatedly stated that all settlement construction is illegal under international law and constitutes and obstacle to peace," a statement from Ashton said.
The international community's reaction to the announcement, she continued, would likely be influenced by the extent to which the building "represent[s] a strategic step undermining the prospects of a contiguous and viable Palestine with Jerusalem as the shared capital of both it and Israel."
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