EU: new Israeli settlements is threat for peace

Saturday, 8 October, 2016 - 03:15

Israel’s decision to build new colonies far inside the West Bank weakens prospects for peace with the Palestinians, the European Union’s diplomatic service said on Friday, echoing US criticism that a two-state solution was at risk.

In a statement, the European Union External Action Service said Israel had broken with public statements not to build new colonies, calling the plans “effectively a new [colony] in the northern West Bank.” “The decision to continue [colony] building and expansion... weakens rather than strengthens the prospects for a two-state solution to the Middle East peace process, and makes the possibility of a viable Palestinian state more remote,” the EEAS said in a statement.