Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the plan for the construction of housing units for Jewish people in East Jerusalem and the West Bank

December 3, 2012

  1.  The Government of Japan deeply deplores that, according to information received, the Israeli government has announced on 30th of November (local time) the approval of the large-scale construction of a total of 3,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem and in the West Bank. The Israeli government continues to proceed with its plan for settlement construction at a time when the international community is making utmost efforts to resume direct negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian sides. This clearly goes against the ongoing efforts by the international community to resume negotiations for peace.
  2.  Settlement activities are a violation of international law, and Japan has repeatedly called upon Israel to fully freeze settlement activities. The Government of Japan does not recognize any act that prejudges the final status of the territories in the pre-1967 borders.
  3.  In addition to the above-mentioned request to the Israeli side, as stated at the adoption of the resolution of the UN General Assembly to accord Observer State status to Palestine, the Government of Japan reiterates its strong call on the Palestinian Authority to immediately resume direct negotiations with Israel and asks for prudence with respect to conduct, such as accession to international organizations, which might negatively affect the prospects for the resumption of negotiations.
    • (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original version in Japanese.)