BERLIN — Fifteen European nations on Friday implored Israel to drop newly approved plans for more than 4,000 settler homes in the West Bank, cautioning that the construction interferes with developing peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
“The new housing units would constitute an additional obstacle to the two-state solution,” said the countries in a statement issued by their foreign ministries.
“Israeli settlements are in clear violation of international law and stand in the way of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” they added.
The 15 European countries signing up to Friday’s statement include France, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.
The Defense Ministry body that authorizes West Bank construction green-lit plans Thursday for 4,427 new settlement homes.
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