The European Union called on Israel to abandon plans for the construction of settlements in East Jerusalem. High Representative for External Relations of the European Union Josep Borrell stated this, the press service of the European Diplomatic Office reports.
"Israeli authorities have announced an early decision regarding the construction of settlements in the areas of Givat Hamatos and Har Homa in East Jerusalem," the statement reads.
The head of European diplomacy recalled the position of the European Union, which has repeatedly emphasized that such steps could reduce the geographical and territorial cohesion between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, isolate the Palestinian communities living in these areas, and jeopardize the viability of the decision to create two states, with Jerusalem as their capital.
The EU, referring to international law, declares the illegality of settlements and does not recognize any changes in the borders established before 1967, including in relation to Jerusalem, except those agreed by the parties. Borrel called on Israel to reconsider its plans.
As we reported, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his administration would cut off all relations with Israel and the United States, including in the security sphere. The reason for this is a disagreement with the plan for a peaceful settlement of the Middle East conflict that Donald Trump proposed. Abbas said this, speaking at a meeting of heads of foreign departments of the League of Arab States.