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Foreign Secretary statement on settlement units in the West Bank

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson condemns advancement by the Israeli authorities for 2,900 settlement units across the West Bank.

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:

The UK strongly condemns the advancement by the Israeli authorities of plans, tenders and permits for thousands of settlement units across the West Bank.

We are particularly concerned by the approval of settlement construction permits in Hebron for the first time in 15 years. Settlements are illegal under international law and undermine both the physical viability of the two-state solution and perceptions of Israel’s commitment to it.

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Published 20 October 2017