Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the announcement regarding the settlement construction in East Jerusalem
1. The Government of Japan deeply deplores the Israeli authority’s announcement to advance plans to construct 1060 housing units in East Jerusalem.
2. The Israeli announcement has a negative impact on the current security situation in Jerusalem especially when the tension is growing, and clearly goes against the ongoing efforts by the international community toward the ceasefire agreement regarding the Gaza Strip and realizing a two-state solution.
3. Settlement activities are a violation of international law, and Japan has repeatedly called upon Israel to fully freeze settlement activities. The Government of Japan strongly calls upon Israel to refrain from any unilateral act that changes the current status of East Jerusalem as well as the West Bank and to desist from implementing the above-mentioned plan of construction for the sake of progress in the peace process.
4. Japan once again strongly urges both Israeli and Palestinian sides to act to enhance mutual trust and continue to make steady efforts for peace.