The French government slammed the latest Israeli decision to build 2610 homes in Givat HaMatos illegal Jewish settlement, south of occupied East Jerusalem, and called on Tel Aviv to void the approval.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that the construction plans meant establishing the first new settlement in occupied East Jerusalem in 15 years, and expressed his countryâ€™s full rejection to the plan.
â€śWe urgently called on Tel Aviv to void its plan,â€ť Fabius said. â€śSettlements jeopardize the two-state solution; they prevent the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.â€ť
He added that such actions must be stopped, and called on Tel Aviv to refrain from conducting acts that threaten the efforts to resume peace talks.
â€śWe cannot pretend to support a solution while conducting acts against it without consequences being drawn, Fabius stated. â€śThis includes consequences at the level of the European Union.â€ť However, he did not elaborate on the said consequences.
The French condemnation against the settlement plan came one day after the United States issued a similar statement, and expressed that to move ahead with this plan questions Israelâ€™s commitment to peace in the region.
However, the United States is the biggest supporter of Israel, especially politically, economically and on the military and security levels, with billions of US dollars annually.
(U.S. Military Aid and the Israel/Palestine Conflict http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stat/usaid.html)
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