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Israel - Acceleration of settlement activities in East Jerusalem and the West Bank (October 24, 2012)

France condemns the decision by the Israeli Ministry of Housing to issue calls for tender for 700 new homes in the settlements of Pisgat Zeev in East Jerusalem and Maale Adumim in the West Bank.

This decision comes just a few days after the approval to expand another settlement in East Jerusalem, which we also condemned. France is especially concerned by the recent increase in the number of provocative announcements relating to the acceleration of settlement activities.

France reaffirms that Israeli settlement activity – in all its forms – is illegal under international law, is detrimental to efforts to restore trust between the parties and constitutes an obstacle to a just peace based on the two-state solution.


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