British Foreign Secretary Williams Hague condemned on Tuesday Israel's decision earlier that day to build new housing units in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, calling the move "provocative."
"I condemn today’s news that the Government of Israel is advancing plans for 780 new settlement housing units, with an option of an additional 600 units in the east Jerusalem settlement of Mordot Gilo," Hague said, adding "This is a time when all parties should be striving to return to talks and responding to the Quartet statement call to refrain from provocative actions.
Hague said "Settlement expansion is illegal under international law, corrodes trust and undermines the basic principle of land for peace," and called on Israel to "revoke this decision."
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