Egypt condemns new Israeli West Bank settlement project

Egypt condemns new Israeli West Bank settlement project
A Jewish settler walks past Israeli settlement construction sites around Givat Zeev and Ramat Givat Zeev in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, near Jerusalem, June 30, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 18 January 2021

Egypt condemns new Israeli West Bank settlement project

Egypt condemns new Israeli West Bank settlement project
  • Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to build on territory that Israel occupied in the War of 1967 — land that Palestine seeks as part of a future state
  • Egypt expressed concern that the project could undermine the possibility of a two-state solution and add challenges to advancing the peace process

CAIRO: Egypt’s foreign ministry has condemned an Israeli project to build 780 new settlement units in the West Bank, labeling the campaign a “new violation of international legitimacy decisions.”

Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez stressed Egypt’s “complete rejection” of the continuation of settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, urging a “complete cessation” of settlement building.

Hafez said that Egypt was concerned that the project could undermine the possibility of a two-state solution and add challenges to advancing the peace process and resuming negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

The Israeli government earlier approved the country’s plans to build hundreds of new settler homes in the occupied West Bank.

The Times of Israel reported that Israel approved the construction of about 800 housing units in the West Bank, just three days before the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday plans to build on territory that Israel occupied in the War of 1967 — land that Palestine seeks as part of a future state.