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EU says approval of settler homes, ‘contrary to international law’

The European Union condemns Israel’s approval of nearly 800 settlement housing units in the West Bank, saying it “is contrary to international law and further undermines the prospects of a viable two-state solution.”

A statement issued by EU spokesperson Peter Stano also says: “The EU has repeatedly called on Israel to end all settlement activity, and to dismantle outposts erected since March 2001. It remains the EU’s firm position that settlements are illegal under international law. The EU calls upon both parties to avoid unilateral steps that could undermine the two-state solution.

“At this critical juncture for peace in the Middle East, these moves are also counterproductive in light of the positive developments of normalization agreements between Israel and a number of Arab states. We call upon the government of Israel to reverse these decisions on settlements and show leadership to rebuild trust and confidence between the parties, which is necessary for an eventual resumption of meaningful Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.”

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