Israeli Settlements

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th February 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what status Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank currently hold under international law.

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As the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa made clear in his statement on 7 January, it is the UK's longstanding position that settlements are illegal under international law, present an obstacle to peace, and threaten the physical viability of the two-state solution. We want to see a contiguous West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as part of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, based on 1967 borders. We urge Israel to halt its settlement expansion, which promotes the effective annexation of the West Bank, immediately.

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