Announcement

Minister for the Middle East condemns expansion of illegal Israeli settlement

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Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt comments on the Israeli Interior Ministry’s announcement that over 900 housing units will be constructed in East Jerusalem.

Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, today said:

“I condemn yesterday’s announcement by the Government of Israel to approve the construction of over 900 housing units which will expand significantly the illegal Settlement of Har Homa in East Jerusalem. Unilateral actions such as this undermine international efforts to build lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians and make the two-state solution harder to achieve. At a time when Israel’s friends are working to restart negotiations, this decision is deeply concerning.”