Spain said it is, like the governments of Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, deeply concerned about the decision taken by the Israeli authorities to build more than 4,900 homes in the occupied West Bank.
“The expansion of settlements violates international law and further threatens the viability of the two-state solution to achieve a just and lasting peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is also counterproductive in light of the positive developments related to the normalization agreements reached between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain,” the Spanish consulate said in a statement. “.
“As we have directly confirmed to the government of Israel, this step further undermines the efforts made to restore confidence between the two parties with the aim of resuming dialogue. Therefore, we call for an immediate cessation of settlement construction, as well as the evictions and demolitions of Palestinian buildings in East Jerusalem and the West Bank,” the statement said.
Spain demanded the full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 in all of its provisions. Emphasizing, “We will not recognize any change in the borders of June 4, 1967, including the borders of Jerusalem, unless agreed upon between the two parties. There must be a permanent suspension of plans to annex parts of the occupied Palestinian territories.”
It called on “the two parties to refrain from any unilateral action and to resume credible dialogue, as well as direct negotiations on all final status issues.”