EU reiterates condemnation of Israel settlement expansions

BRUSSELS, The European Union Thursday condemned the new Jewish settlement plans announced by Israel last week as “illegal.” “The European Union’s position on Israeli settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territory is clear and remains unchanged: all settlement activity is illegal under international law,” said Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, in a statement.

“It erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace as reaffirmed by UN Security Council Resolution 2334,” she noted.

Last week plans for more than 4,600 new housing units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, including the legalisation of an illegal outpost, were announced by the Israeli Higher Planning Council of the Civil Administration.

Source: Kuwait News Agency