Statement on new building in West Bank settlements

24/01/17

Commenting on the Israeli government’s approval of the construction of 2,500 new housing units in West Bank settlements, Yachad director Hannah Weisfeld said:

“This attempt to take advantage of the change in American administration to establish new facts on the ground is grossly irresponsible. Building thousands more homes in settlements which are illegal under international law and which directly undermine the viability of a future Palestinian state will push back the cause of peace and heighten the risk of increased violence. At a time when we should be doing everything we can to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table, this move sends all the wrong signals.”