Germany concerned: Israeli settlements in West Bank


Israel disputes that its settlements are illegal.

The United States has adopted a new policy based on imposing financial sanctions and embargoes in addition to threats of use of force, which is extremely a new style that has never been used by previous USA administrations, Awad said.

"Israel's decision to build more of its illegal settlements is another unilateral action that further compromises the two-state solution and chances for peace", said Safadi.

"The construction of settlements in occupied territory is unquestionably illegal under worldwide law".

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In response, Israel refused to implement the resolution.

The Israeli occupation of the West Bank is viewed as illegal under worldwide law and the UN Security Council regards the country as an occupying power.

Israeli authorities reportedly Thursday approved the construction of hundreds of new settler units in the West Bank.

Settlements are one of the most heated issues in efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, frozen since 2014.

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"Helping to resolve the Israeli-Arab conflict in the Middle East has been a priority for me since I took office", he said. According to the administration, additional Israel's construction projects on the Palestinian territories might be agreed upon in the near future.

Last weekend Israel published a list of 20 organisations that would be banned from entering the country as a result of their support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Fierce protests among Palestinians, violent clashes between them and Israeli security forces sparked after Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Israel on December 6.

"We think that this policy of Israel can not help create conditions for a restart of direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, as solutions to all issues of the final status need to be found during them", the ministry said.

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas has said that after the recognition Americans can no longer play a role as mediators.