Démarche by Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Director-General, Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, to Mr. Nisim Ben-Shitrit, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Japan
December 4, 2012
Upon instructions from Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba, on December 4, Dr. Makio Miyagawa, Director-General, Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, made a démarche to Mr. Nisim Ben-Shitrit, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Japan, concerning the approval by the Israeli Government for the construction of new settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The outline of the meeting is as follows.
- Director-General Miyagawa noted information stating that on November 30 (local time) the Israeli Government had approved the large-scale construction of approximately 3,000 new settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. He communicated that, as was remarked in the Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs dated December 3, the Government of Japan is deeply concerned and deplores this sort of activity, which clearly goes against the ongoing efforts by the international community to resume direct negotiations for peace between Israeli and Palestinian sides.
- In response, Ambassador Ben-Shitrit stated the position of the Israeli Government, and said that he would report the démarche by Director-General Miyagawa to his government.
- Replying to this, Director-General Miyagawa again requested restraint on the part of the Israeli side.
- (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)