Thursday. 25.04.2024
MIDDLE EAST

Spain rejects Israel settlements in "Occupied Palestinian Territories"

The governments of Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Sweden "urge" Israel to revoke its decision in a joint statement
10 October 2021, Palestinian Territories, Salfit: Israeli soldiers are seen guarding the gate of the separation fence as Palestinian farmers make their way to pick olives outside the West Bank city of Salfit, near the Jewish settlement of Ariel. Photo: Nasser Ishtayeh/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.
Israeli soldiers guarding the separation fence as Palestinian farmers make their way to pick olives outside the West Bank city of Salfit, near the Jewish settlement of Ariel. Photo: Nasser Ishtayeh/dpa.

Spain, along with ten other European nations, expressed on Thursday its rejection of the Israeli policy of expanding settlements in "the Occupied Palestinian Territories."

In a joint statement distributed by the Press services of La Moncloa, the governments of Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Norway, Poland and Sweden "urge" the Government of Israel to revoke its decision to advance construction plans for nearly 3,000 new homes in West Bank settlements.

"We reiterate our strong opposition to the policy of settlement expansion in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which violates international law and undermines efforts to realize the two-state solution."

The joint statement of the 11 countries concludes with a call to "both parties" to continue deepening the steps taken in recent months to improve cooperation and reduce tensions in the area.

"We reiterate our call for the implementation of United Nations Resolution 2334 in all its provisions, in order to restore confidence and create the necessary conditions to promote peace," the text reads.

Spain rejects Israel settlements in "Occupied Palestinian Territories"