Advancing of the plans of settlement construction by Israel
(Statement by Press Secretary OHTAKA Masato)
1. In January 5th and 6th, the Government of Israel has approved plans for the construction of about 1,900 housing units in settlements in the West Bank. 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 construction plans that are undermining the viability of a two-state solution.