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Israeli Settlements: Hebron

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 9 November (HL11297 and HL11254), what discussions they have had with the government of Israel about the compatibility of the construction of an apartment block in Hebron with Israel's obligations under international agreements.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

​While we have not discussed this specific plan with the Israeli Government recently, we regularly raise our concerns about illegal settlement activity. As I made clear in my earlier response in October last year, the previous Foreign Secretary issued a statement expressing concern about the approval of 31 construction permits in Hebron for the first time in 15 years. The Government’s position on settlements is clear. They are illegal under international law, present an obstacle to peace, and threaten the physical viability of a two-state solution.

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