Advancing of the plans of settlement construction by Israel(Statement by Press Secretary YOSHIDA Tomoyuki)
October 28, 2021
- On October 24th, the Government of Israel announced the publication of tenders for about 1,300 settlement housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and, on October 27th, approved plans for the construction of about 3,000 housing units in settlements. The settlement activities are in violation of international law and undermine the viability of a "two-state solution". The Government of Japan deeply deplores the continued settlement activities by the Government of Israel despite repeated calls for freezing such activities from Japan and the international community.
- Underscoring the necessity of confidence-building between Israel and Palestine and the efforts toward easing tensions and stabilizing the region, Japan strongly urges the Government of Israel to rescind the above-mentioned tenders and approval of the construction plans, and to totally freeze its settlement activities.