MADRID – Spain on Friday condemned the decision of Israel's top planning committee to approve plans to build more than 2,000 new homes in settlements in the West Bank, calling for an end to settlement expansion
Following the recent adoption by the Israeli authorities of the decision to build more than 2,000 new dwellings in settlements in the West Bank, "the Government of Spain reiterates its condemnation of a policy that seriously undermines viability of a future Palestinian state. "
A statement from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation adds that this policy "endangers the two-state solution".
The Spanish government has launched, in the same context, a call to stop the construction of new settlements, "an illegal action from the point of view of international law."
Plans to build about 2,200 housing units in occupied West Bank settlements were recently approved by a commission of the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
More than 1,150 dwellings have been finalized pending construction permits being issued, while 1,032 are in the early stages of approval.
Settlements, considered illegal by the international community, constitute one of the major obstacles to peace between Palestinians and Israelis.