Brussels, 29/07/2015
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STATEMENT

Statement by the Spokesperson on recent Israeli decisions for further settlement expansion

The recent decisions of the Israeli authorities to further advance settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem call into question the Israeli government's stated commitment to a negotiated two-state solution in the Middle East Peace Process.
 
Moreover, the governmental plans to consider the approval of unauthorized outposts across the West Bank would further undermine the practical possibility of implementing the two-state solution. The EU expects the Israeli government to demonstrate its commitment to the two-state solution not only in words, but also through its actions.
 
Recalling that all settlements are illegal under international law, the European Union reiterates its strong commitment to ensure compliance with international law as a cornerstone of peace and security.
 
As reaffirmed in the most recent Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions of July 20, the EU strongly opposes Israel's settlement policy and actions taken in this context, such as building the separation barrier beyond the 1967 line, demolitions and confiscations – including of EU funded projects- evictions, forced transfers including of Bedouins, illegal outposts, settler violence and restrictions of movement and access.
 
We urge the government of Israel to urgently reverse recent decisions and put an end to settlement expansion.