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British foreign secretary says plan to built 851 housing units to
make up for Ulpana homes is provocative, urges gov´t to change
British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned Israel´s plans to
build hundreds of new housing units in the West Bank, asserting that
the proposal was "provocative," The Independent reported Friday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Wednesday that 851 new
homes are to be built in various settlements in the West Bank. The
announcement came shortly after the Knesset voted down a settlement
regulation bill, which was meant to prevent five buildings located in
the Beit El settlement from being uprooted.
The measure was branded as an incentive meant to placate settlers
fuming over the impending removal of the homes, which were built on
contested land in the Ulpana neighborhood.
Hague said Friday that the solution of building more homes in the
settlements set "a dangerous precedent".
"I condemn the announcement by Israel to authorize the building of
851 new settlement units across the West Bank.
"While we appreciate the Israeli government´s efforts to avoid
damaging legislation in the Israeli Knesset by voting against a bill
to legalise West Bank outposts, the decision to move settlers from an
illegal outpost by creating housing units in settlements elsewhere
across the Green Line sets a dangerous precedent.
"Such outposts are illegal under both Israeli and international law
and should be removed entirely.
Hague noted that the British government and its European Union
partners have been consistent in their opposition to settlement
construction, which he said are illegal under international law and
are hindering to the peace process.
"Continued systematic settlement activity, and repeated breaches by
the Israeli government of international law, is provocative,
undermines the prospects of peace between Israel and the
Palestinians, and makes the two-state solution ever harder to
realise," he said in the statement. "It makes it increasingly
difficult for Israel´s international friends to defend the Israeli
"I urge the Israeli government to change its approach, to meet its
international obligations fully and for both sides to engage
constructively in the search for peace." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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