The United Kingdom (UK), on Wednesday, called in Israel to âimmediatelyâ halt illegal settlementsâ expansion in the occupied West Bank, the Middle East Monitor reported.
In an official statement, the British consulate in Jerusalem stressed that the Israeli settlements are âillegal under international law,â adding that it was âsabotaging a possible two-state solution.â
The British Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs, Andrew Morrison, condemned the Israeli governmentâs plans to expand and build new settlement units in the West Bank.
On Sunday, the Israeli government approved the construction of 1,936 housing units in the occupied West Bank.
Approximately 650,000 Israelis currently live in more than 100 settlements built since 1967, when Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The Palestinians hope for these territories â along with the Gaza Strip â for the establishment of a future Palestinian state.
Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam