Foreign Ministers list settler violence, settlement expansion and house demolitions as detrimental to peace process; Israel says report is biased and one-sided.
The 27 foreign ministers of the European Union published on Monday a strong denunciation of Israel’s policies in the West Bank. The announcement, reported for the first time by Haaretz, says that Israel’s policies pose a threat to a two-state solution.”
“The viability of a two-state-solution must be maintained,” the message reads. “The EU expresses deep concern about developments on the ground which threaten to make a two-state solution impossible.”
The announcement criticizes settler violence against Palestinians. “The EU expresses deep concern regarding settler extremism and incitement by settlers in the West Bank,” the statement read. “The EU condemns continuous settler violence and deliberate provocations against Palestinian civilians. It calls on the government of Israel to bring the perpetrators to justice and to comply with its obligations under international law.
The announcement lists a series of actions taken by Israel in the West Bank in recent months – marked acceleration of settlement construction following the end of the 2010
Moratorium, the decision grant legal status to the Bruchin, Sansana and Rechalim outposts, and the plan to move the illegal outpost of Migron to a different area in the West Bank and create a new settlement.
The foreign ministers also point to the continued house demolitions in East Jerusalem, the expansion of Jewish neighborhood and “the prevention of peaceful Palestinian cultural, economic, social or political activities.”
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