UK tells Israel to rethink land appropriation

The UK has joined the US, France, the UN and others in blasting Israel over its planned takeover of some 580 acres in the West Bank, accusing Jerusalem of not being serious about a two-state solution.

“We condemn the Israeli Government’s decision to take over 585 acres of land in the West Bank as ‘state land’. Such steps clearly damage the diminishing prospects for a two state solution,” the foreign office says in a statement. “If the Israeli Government is truly committed to a two-state solution then it will reverse its decision.”

On Tuesday, the US State Department also questioned Israel’s commitment to the peace process following the move.

“As we have said before, we strongly oppose any steps that accelerate settlement expansion, which raise serious questions about Israel’s long-term intentions. And as we’ve repeatedly made clear, we continue to look to both sides to demonstrate with actions and policies a genuine commitment to a two-state solution. Actions such as these do just the opposite,” spokesman John Kirby said.

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