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Advancing of the plans of settlement construction by Israel
(Statement by Press Secretary ONO Hikariko)

May 16, 2022
  1. On May 12th, the Government of Israel announced its decision to advance plans for the construction of over 4,000 housing units in settlements in the West Bank. The Government of Japan remains seriously concerned by and deeply deplores the continued settlement activities by the Government of Israel despite repeated calls from Japan and the international community.
  2. Settlement activities are in violation of international law and undermine the viability of a two-state solution. The Government of Japan strongly urges the Government of Israel to reverse the above-mentioned decisions and fully freeze its settlement activities. The Government of Japan once again calls for the need to refrain from actions that escalate tensions.

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