Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the decision regarding the construction of housing units for Jewish people in East Jerusalem and West Bank
November 8, 2012
1. The Government of Japan deeply deplores that the Israeli Government has announced a bid for the construction of a total of 1285 new housing units in the Pisgat Ze’ev area, Beit Hanina area and Ramot area of East Jerusalem and in the Ariel area of West Bank. Such an act goes against the ongoing efforts by the international community to resume the negotiations for peace.
2. Settlement activities are a violation of international law, and Japan has repeatedly called upon Israel to fully freeze settlement activities. The Government of Japan does not recognize any unilateral act that prejudges the final status of the territories in the pre-1967 borders. Japan strongly calls upon Israel not to implement the above-mentioned plans of construction for the sake of progress in the peace process.
3. Japan once again strongly urges both sides to enhance mutual trust and continue to make steady efforts for peace.
(*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)