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Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 7th November 2014.

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Photo of Frank Roy Frank Roy Labour, Motherwell and Wishaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last discussed with his Israeli counterpart the planned building of 1,000 new houses in Jerusalem.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

I issued a statement on 29 October condemning the announcement of plans for 1,060 new housing units in East Jerusalem. I made it clear that this was an ill-judged and ill-timed decision, which makes it harder to achieve a two state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv have raised this issue with the Israeli National Security Adviser, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Political-Military Adviser, senior contacts at the National Security Council and the Cabinet Office.

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