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UK condemns Israel over occupied West Bank plans

Acting minister Mark Field urges Israel to halt 'counterproductive' action

Ahmet Gürhan Kartal   | 07.04.2019
UK condemns Israel over occupied West Bank plans

LONDON

Britain on Sunday condemned Israeli state over plans for new settlements in occupied West Bank.

“The U.K. strongly condemns the Israeli authorities’ advancement on 5 April of plans and tenders for yet more settlement units across the West Bank,” Mark Field, acting minister for the Middle East said in a statement.

Field said the recently revealed plans for new settlements “follows the announcement in December for over 2,000 units.”

“Settlements are illegal under international law and undermine the physical viability of the two-state solution,” he said.

Urging Israel to “halt such counterproductive action”, British minister called for “all parties to commit to further efforts to de-escalate current tensions and create the right environment for a just and lasting peace.”

Netanyahu vowed to annex the occupied West Bank if he wins the general election ,which is slated for April 9.

"We will ensure that we are in charge on the ground. And we will impose sovereignty over the settlements in Judea and Samaria [West Bank]," he said in an interview with Israeli television on Saturday.

In a separate interview on Sunday, Netanyahu said new housing units will be added into settlements.

“We’re going to continue controlling the entire territory west of the [River] Jordan ,” he said, in reference to the occupied West Bank.

Roughly 650,000 Jewish settlers currently live on more than 100 settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories" and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there as illegal.

The Palestinians, for their part, want both these territories -- along with the Gaza Strip -- for the establishment of a future Palestinian state.

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