United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged Israel to “stop and reverse” its decision to approve nearly 800 new homes deep in the occupied West Bank.
In turn, according to Al-Mayadeen, Guterres reiterated the United Nations position that “the settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories after 19671, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and a flagrant violation of international law.”
He warned that the settlements increase the risks of confrontation, undermine the right of the Palestinians to self-determination, and weaken the possibility of ending the occupation and establishing the Palestinian state.
According to Sputnik, this action by the Israeli government has previously been condemned by the European Union, the United Kingdom, and members of the Israeli opposition and the left-wing Peace Now Organization, among others.
Earlier, the occupation government decided to build 800 new housing units in the West Bank, and the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused Israel of taking advantage of the remaining time from US President Donald Trump’s mandate to approve its projects.
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