UK calls on Israel to reverse settlement building decision
LAST UPDATED: 12/01/2012 13:51
The United Kingdom on Saturday weighed in on a new Israeli settlement expansion plan, urging the government "to reverse the decision."
The UK's Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was "extremely concerned" by reports that the government had approved the construction of 3,000 new housing units in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Friday, in response to the successful Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations General Assembly.
"Israeli settlements are illegal under international law and undermine trust between the parties," Hague stated.
He warned that if implemented, the plans "would alter the situation on the ground on a scale that makes the two state solution, with Jerusalem as a shared capital, increasingly difficult to achieve."
He also cautioned that the move would undermine the Jewish state's international reputation and sow seeds of doubt about its stated commitment to achieving peace with the Palestinians.