European nations criticise Israeli construction in settlements
Occupied Jerusalem — Diplomatic European sources said that Germany, Britain, Portugal and France are issuing a statement to condemn the Israeli settling construction in occupied Jerusalem and West Bank.
“We are working on a declaration from the European Union member nations at the Security Council on this subject,” the source said, adding that it would be issued in the coming days.
Diplomatic officials said the statement of condemnation will be presented to council members, but the European countries are not seeking to have it approved as an official statement by the council or as a resolution, most likely because of near-certain opposition by the United States, Israel’s closest ally, Ynet reported.
The above mentioned countries feel concerned to the Israeli intentions to continue building in settlements, asserting that it threatens a two-state solution.
“We shouldn’t just focus on the E1 settlements, but on all of them because if each one of these sees the light of day, they could call into question the creation of a two-state solution,” one diplomat said.
“Once the Israeli elections pass in January, we hope there will be more reasonable decisions taken (by the Israelis),” the source said.
Israel approved building 1500 settler units the last couple of days. It had approved 3000 other units before.