Advancing of the plans of settlement construction by Israel
(Statement by Press Secretary OHTAKA Masato)
1. Recently, the Government of Israel has announced its intention to advance the construction of about 5,000 housing units in settlements in East Jerusalem, as well as a plan for 3,500 housing units in the E1 area. The Government of Japan deeply deplores the continued settlement activities by the Government of Israel despite repeated calls from the international community including Japan for freezing such activities.
2. Settlement activities are in violation of international law and Japan has repeatedly called upon the Government of Israel to fully freeze those activities. The Government of Japan once again strongly urges the Government of Israel to fully freeze its settlement activities including implementation of the said construction plans that are undermining the viability of a two-state solution.