UK slams plans to advance thousands of West Bank settler homes after terror shooting

This photo shows a construction site of new housing projects in the West Bank settlement of Givat Ze'ev, June 18, 2023. (AP/Ohad Zwigenberg, File)
This photo shows a construction site of new housing projects in the West Bank settlement of Givat Ze'ev, June 18, 2023. (AP/Ohad Zwigenberg, File)

British Ambassador to Israel Simon Walters condemns plans by the government to advance the construction of more than 3,000 settlement homes in response to a deadly terror shooting in the West Bank.

“The announcement of plans to build over 3000 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank is deeply concerning. UK policy is clear,” Ambassador Simon Walters writes in a post on X.

“Settlements are illegal under international law and make it harder still to progress towards a solution of this conflict,” he says.

Announcing the decision Thursday, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich called the decision “an appropriate Zionist response” to the attack.

Settlements are viewed by much of the international community as illegal under international law and a major impediment to an eventual two-state solution, which envisions a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.

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