EU says new Israeli settlement plan undermines peace

By REUTERS
January 24, 2017 21:40

Israel's plan for 2,500 more settlement homes in the West Bank "seriously undermines the prospects for peace with the Palestinians," the European Union's diplomatic service said on Tuesday.

Israel announced the plan earlier on Tuesday, in the second such declaration since US President Donald Trump took office signalling he would be less critical of such projects than his predecessor.

In a statement, the European Union External Action Service (EEAS) said Israel's plans flew in the face of international objections, saying they "further seriously undermine the prospects for a viable two-state solution".

"It is regrettable that Israel is proceeding with this policy, despite the continuous serious international concern and objections, which have been constantly raised at all levels," the EEAS said in a statement.


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