Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Decision by the Israeli Government to Legalize Outposts
April 25, 2012
- Japan condemns the decision by the Israeli Government on Monday, April 24, to legalize outposts.
- The Quartet on the Middle East and other entities of the international community are making the utmost efforts to resume direct negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian sides. The decision by the Israeli Government this time clearly goes against the ongoing efforts by the international community.
- Japan has repeatedly called on the Israeli Government to fully freeze settlement activities. Japan does not recognize any unilateralism, and is of the position that it cannot accept one-sided measures that prejudge the final status of the territories’ pre-1967 borders. For the sake of progress in the peace process, Japan strongly calls upon the Israeli Government to reverse this decision, which does not forward the peace process.
Since the Israeli Government decided not to build new settlements in 1996, approximately 100 outposts separate from existing settlements have been built. The decision this time legalizes three of those outposts.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)