UK’s Hague condemns Israel settlement plans

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned the announcement by the Israeli government to publish tenders for 1,028 additional housing units in settlements near Jerusalem.

In a statement released Wednesday, the foreign secretary condemned the announcement for tenders in Har Homa, Beitar Illit and Givat Ze’ev as well as the expansion plans for Erfat.

“These are only the most recent in a steady drip of announcements of new or expanded settlements – all of which are illegal under international law and which make it ever harder” to establish a Palestinian state.

He urged Israel to revoke these “wrong and deeply counter-productive” decisions.

( / 21.12.2011)

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