The EU joined the US and Britain in denouncing the declaration of 400 hectares in Gush Etzion as state land,  saying it condemns the “new appropriation of land in the West Bank, relating to plans for further settlement expansion,.”

“Settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to render the two-State solution impossible,” the statement said. “The EU reiterates that it will not recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties.”

The statement said that “at this delicate moment, any action that might undermine stability and the prospect of constructive negotiations following the ceasefire in Gaza should be avoided. We call on the Israeli authorities to reverse this decision and to engage in good faith towards a lasting peace based on a two-state solution."

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