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The Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Mr Johnson), raised our concerns over new settlements with the Israeli authorities when he met Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem on 30 September. I also raised the issue of settlements with Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman during a meeting on 7 September. Our Embassy in Tel Aviv continue to express our strong concerns to the Israeli authorities on the continued expansion of settlements and the retroactive "legalisation" of outposts in the West Bank.
As you may be aware, the UK's position on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is clear: they are illegal under international law, present an obstacle to peace and take us further away from a two-state solution. In November, I issued two statements about Israeli settlement announcements, expressing deep concerns about the development of new Israeli settlement units in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israel’s systematic policy of settlement expansion is undermining the chances of achieving a two-state solution.