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UK urges Israel to halt plans to build 780 new settlement homes

Foreign Office is 'seriously concerned' by plans to construct homes in the West Bank, saying it 'risks undermining the physical viability of the two-state solution'

The West Bank settlement of Geva Binyamin, also known as Adam
The West Bank settlement of Geva Binyamin, also known as Adam

The Foreign Office has called for Israel to cease construction of new settlements in the West Bank.

The Israeli authorities are pushing forward with plans to build an additional 780 homes in West Bank settlements after agreeing a late surge of approvals in the days before Donald Trump’s friendly administration leaves office in the US.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “The UK is seriously concerned by the Government of Israel’s decision to approve the construction of 780 new settlement units across the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including areas deep within the West Bank which could threaten future peace negotiations.

“Settlements are illegal under international law and risk undermining the physical viability of the two-state solution.

“We call for the construction of these in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank to cease immediately.”

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