France on Tuesday condemned Israel’s decision to build more houses in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank in Palestine.
“France calls on the Israeli authorities not to apply these decisions,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“He calls on the parties to avoid any unilateral action that could undermine the two-state solution based on international law and agreed parameters.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that 800 more apartments would be built for illegal settlers in the occupied West Bank.
“We are here to stay. We continue to build the Land of Israel, ”he said on Twitter.
France has repeatedly denounced Israel’s controversial expansionist activities impacting the future of Palestine.
A joint statement after the Cairo ministerial meeting on Monday’s Middle East peace process also took note of Israel’s unilateral steps and stressed the need to adhere to international humanitarian law in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, including including East Jerusalem.
The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Egypt and Jordan urged Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities, including in East Jerusalem.”
“They also agreed that the construction and expansion of settlements, and the confiscation of Palestinian structures and property is a violation of international law which undermines the viability of the two-state solution,” the statement read.
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