Israel/Palestinian Territories – Granting of building permits for East Jerusalem (January 22, 2017)

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France condemns the Israeli authorities’ issuance of permits on January 22 to build 566 homes in the settlements of Ramat Shlomo, Ramot and Pisgat Ze’ev, in East Jerusalem.

UN Security Council resolution 2334 of December 23, 2016, underscores the illegality of settlements under international law and demands an immediate and complete halt to such activity.

Settlements represent a serious threat to the two-state solution, to which the international community reiterated its commitment at the international conference in Paris on January 15. The two-state solution remains the only possibility for a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.