The British Government has expressed concern over news that the Israeli Government has taken over land on the West Bank and defined it as ‘state land’. The taking of the 385 acres of land is the largest such declaration since 2014.
Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, said:
“The UK’s long-held position on Israeli settlements, and that of our international partners, is clear: they are illegal under international law, are an obstacle to peace and undermine the prospects for a two-state solution. The UK strongly opposes any moves which take us further away from an enduring peace settlement”.
A spokesman for the US State Department had already said:
“We strongly oppose any steps that could accelerate settlement expansion and we believe they’re fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and call into question frankly the Israeli government’s commitment to a two-state solution”.