France Urges Israel to Reconsider Settler Home Approvals in West Bank
France on Thursday called on Israel to reconsider recently issued approvals for more than 2,000 settler homes in the West Bank, saying they would violate international law.
Israel‘s Higher Planning Committee approved 2,191 new housing units in Israeli settlements on Dec. 25 and 26, though no building permits have been issued yet.
“France condemns this decision, which expands settlement activity in the West Bank,” the French Foreign Office said in a statement.
The settlements undermined the conditions for a two-state solution, “the only way to ensure a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and heightens tensions,” the statement said, calling on the Israeli authorities to reconsider the decisions.
While Israel‘s settlement activities have regularly drawn condemnation from the Palestinians and in Europe, the US administration under President Donald Trump has taken a largely uncritical public stand.