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Spain condemns new settlement construction plan in West Bank

14 January 2018

At least 46 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli forces who again deployed tear gas and live ammunition at the weekly "Day of Rage" protests against the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Momani stressed the worldwide community's rejection of the settlements, labelling them as illegal according to the United Nations resolution 2334.

"It undermines the viability of the two-state solution, and does not contribute to increasing Israel's own security".

Spain condemns new settlement construction plan in West Bank
Spain condemns new settlement construction plan in West Bank

For decades, Israel has been in conflict with the Palestinians, who had been seeking diplomatic recognition for their independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which are partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip.

Strict measures have been imposed on tens of thousands of Palestinians following the killing of an Israeli rabbi in a drive-by shooting in the West Bank this week.

"This agenda runs counter to Israel's national interest, as well as the interests of everyone who seeks a peaceful future in the region", the group said.

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Palestinian landowners can receive financial compensation or alternative land, however this law authorizes a further massive land theft of private Palestinian land by the Israeli government.

The Tánaiste described his meeting with Mr Netanyahu as "frank" adding that he believed both men "found the discussion helpful and stimulating".

"This does not help to build a better mutual understanding".

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"Given the clear and absolute harm caused to the rights of Palestinian landowners in the occupied territories, it was expected that the Supreme Court should have issued an order nisi much more quickly in this petition". But Palestinian leadership asked the United Nations to take over peace talks after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying the US was too biased.

He said he also invited President Abbas to visit Ireland, and assured him that he would receive a warm welcome from the Irish people.

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Spain condemns new settlement construction plan in West Bank