The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Thursday, issued a statement denouncing Israeli plans of approving new housing units in West Bank settlements.â€śSettlement activities are in violation of international law, and Japan has repeatedly called upon the Government of Israel to fully freeze settlement activities,â€ť statement said. â€śTaking this opportunity the Government of Japan also expresses its deep concern about recent announcement by Israel declaring the land in the West Bank as â€śstate landâ€ť.
The Government of Japan called upon the Israeli government to â€śrefrain from any unilateral act that doesnâ€™t contribute to resuming peace talks and to desist from implementing the above-mentioned plan of construction for the sake of progress in the peace process.â€ť
On Monday, the Israeli Ministry of Defense approved plans to build 153 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, and announced that the process is in its final stages.
In a report based on government data obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request, Peace Now said that the housing ministry was seeking to build 55,548 units in the West Bank â€” including two new settlements â€” of which more than 8,300 housings would be in E1.