Announcement by the Government of Israel regarding settlements
(Statement by Press Secretary ONO Hikariko)
February 15, 2023
- The Government of Japan expresses its serious concern about the announcement by the Government of Israel on February 12 regarding the authorization of 9 settlement outposts and the plan to approve new settlement construction. Settlement activities are in violation of international law and undermine the viability of a two-state solution. Japan strongly urges the Government of Israel not to implement the measures and to totally freeze its settlement activities.
- As the situation surrounding Israel and Palestine witnesses continued clashes and violence resulting in a number of casualties, Japan once again calls for refraining from actions that exacerbate tensions.