Press release

Minister for the Middle East statement on settlement units in the West Bank

1 February 2017

Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood statement on the Israeli Government’s announcement to build 3,000 settlement units in the West Bank.

Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood, said:

The announcement of further settlement units in the West Bank is part of a growing trend which we condemn. We have consistently been clear that settlements are illegal under international law, and not conducive to peace. This spike in settlement activity undermines trust and makes a two state solution – with an Israel that is safe from terrorism and a Palestinian state that is viable and sovereign – much harder to achieve. 

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Document Type: Press Release, Statement
Subject: Human rights and international humanitarian law, Settlements
Publication Date: 01/02/2017