BERLIN, RIYADH: European powers on Friday condemned Israel’s choice to approve 1000’s extra settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, calling it a “counterproductive” transfer that undermines regional peace efforts.
“The growth of settlements violates worldwide regulation and additional imperils the viability of a two-state resolution to convey a couple of simply and lasting peace to the Israeli-Palestinian battle,” stated a joint assertion from the overseas ministers of Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain.
“As now we have emphasised straight with the federal government of Israel, this step moreover undermines efforts to rebuild belief between the events with a view to resuming dialogue,” they stated, urging a direct halt in settlement development.
The ministers stated pushing forward with extra settlements could be a “counterproductive transfer in mild of the optimistic developments of normalization agreements reached between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.”
A day earlier, Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Secretary Common Nayef Al-Hajjraf additionally deplored Israeli authorities’ approval of constructing 1000’s of housing models within the occupied Palestinian territories.
In an announcement, Al-Hajjraf affirmed full rejection to the Israeli plans on increasing settlements within the West Financial institution and imposing its sovereign over it.
He burdened the need of halting the settlement growth within the occupied Palestinian territories, saying that constructing settlements is a giant impediment towards reviving peace within the Center East area.
Al-Hajjraf emphasised the GCC’s assist to the brotherly Palestinian individuals and their legit proper to ascertain their unbiased state with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to the Arab peace initiative, the worldwide legitimacy’s resolutions and worldwide legal guidelines.
The UAE and Bahrain had in mid-September put aside many years of enmity with Israel to signal a US-brokered deal to normalize ties.
Western powers had hoped the offers would convey regional stability and improve hopes for peace.
However the Palestinians have branded the shift by the Gulf nations as “betrayal.”