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Speaking after the announcement, Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood said:
The UK condemns the Israeli government’s announcement this week to advance plans for 1060 new housing units in East Jerusalem. This is an ill-judged and ill-timed decision which makes it harder to achieve a two state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital. Such announcements make it more difficult for Israel’s friends to defend it against accusations that it is not serious about peace.