Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the decision regarding the construction of housing units in East Jerusalem

August 15, 2011

  1. The Government of Japan deplores that, according to the news, the Israeli Interior Ministry spokesman announced the approval of the construction of 1,600 new housing units for Jewish people in Ramat Shlomo of East Jerusalem on August 11, followed by the approval of the construction of more than 900 Jewish housing units in Har Homa (Jabal Abu Ghneim) on August 4. Such an act goes against the ongoing efforts by the international community to resume the negotiations for peace.

  2. The Government of Japan does not recognize any act that prejudges the final status of the territories in the pre-1967 borders, and Israeli settlement activities should be fully frozen. Japan once again strongly calls upon Israel to refrain from any unilateral act that changes the current situation in East Jerusalem.

  3. Japan strongly hopes that peace negotiations towards a two-state solution, under which Israel and a Palestinian State will live side by side in peace, will be resumed soon.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)