William Hague condemns Israel’s announcement
British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned Israel’s announcement which authorises new settlement units across the West Bank.
He said that while appreciating the Israeli government’s efforts to avoid damaging legislation in the Knesset by voting against a bill to legalise West Bank outposts, the decision to move settlers from an illegal outpost by creating housing units in settlements elsewhere across the Green Line sets a dangerous precedent.
“The British Government, and our EU partners, have made it consistently clear that settlement construction is illegal under international law,” Hague said. “an obstacle to peace and should stop immediately – in line with Israel’s own commitment under the 2003 Roadmap.
“Continued systematic settlement activity, and repeated breaches by the Israeli Government of international law, is provocative, undermines the prospects of peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and makes the two state solution ever harder to realise. It makes it increasingly difficult for Israel’s international friends to defend the Israeli Government’s actions”.
The foreign secretary said he also urges the Israelis to change their approach in order to meet its international obligations fully and for both sides to engage constructively in the search for peace.
He added: “Such outposts are illegal under both Israeli and international law and should be removed entirely”.