France censures Israel over new settlement plan Reviewed by Momizat on . France has strongly condemned the Israeli regime’s plan to construct 2,610 illegal settler units in East al-Quds (Jerusalem). "If this decision is upheld, it wo France has strongly condemned the Israeli regime’s plan to construct 2,610 illegal settler units in East al-Quds (Jerusalem). "If this decision is upheld, it wo Rating: 0
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France censures Israel over new settlement plan

France censures Israel over new settlement plan
France has strongly condemned the Israeli regime’s plan to construct 2,610 illegal settler units in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

“If this decision is upheld, it would mark the creation of a new settlement in East Jerusalem (al-Quds) for the first time in more than 15 years,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement on Thursday.

He added, “This announcement directly threatens the two-state solution at a time when all efforts should be focused on peace.”

Israelis plan to build over 2,000 new illegal settler homes in the Givat Hamatos area of East al-Quds, Israeli activist group Peace Now said, describing the project as destructive to the Palestinian-Israeli talks.

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington on Wednesday that the Israeli move would send a “troubling message”.

More than half a million Israelis live in more than 120 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank including East al-Quds in 1967.

The Israeli settlements are considered to be illegal by the United Nations and most countries because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are thus subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

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