Britain's Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt spoke out on Friday against plans to approve some 800 housing units in Gilo, labeling the plan "deeply worrying."

In a statement, the foreign office minister said the UK had been clear that settlements were illegal and undermined the two-state solution.

"It is deeply worrying that despite repeatedly raising our concerns, Israel continues to press ahead with plans to expand them. I therefore strongly condemn yesterday’s news," Burt said.

"This move is contrary to Israel’s stated commitments to both the two-state solution and to upholding international law. We urge Israel to reverse this decision and take no further steps to expand settlements."