The UK deplores the Israeli government’s decision to advance plans for 2610 settlement units in Givat Hamatos. This is an ill-judged decision which will have serious implications for the possibility of Jerusalem being a shared capital in a future two-state peace agreement and will hinder the process.
The UK’s position on Israeli settlements is clear: they are illegal under international law. If this development is built it will damage the prospect of a two-state solution, and it will make it more difficult for Israel’s friends to defend it against accusations that it is not serious about peace. We urge Israel to reverse this decision.