The bureau says Israel “has blatantly supported and engaged in the expansion of illegal settlements … these brazen actions amount to the first official establishment of new settlements” in 20 years.
“It must be clearly reiterated that all Israeli settlements remain illegal,” a statement said Wednesday.
“Israeli settlement activities also run directly counter to Road Map obligations, which Israel continues to ignore. Moreover, settlements have a devastating effect on the living conditions of the Palestinian people under occupation, while acts of violence, vandalism, and harassment by settlers are escalating.”
“The international community maintains its principled position that settlements constitute the main obstacle to a resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. By continuing to create facts on the ground, and to alter the demographic status of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Israeli Government is rapidly eroding the prospects for the two-State solution based on the pre-1967 borders.”