France Urges Israel to Reconsider Home Approvals in Yehudah and Shomron

PARIS (Reuters) -
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Homes in Efrat, in Gush Etzion. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

France on Thursday called on Israel to reconsider recently issued approvals for more than 2,000 homes in Yehudah and Shomron, saying they would violate international law.

Israel’s Higher Planning Committee approved 2,191 new housing units in Israeli communities on Dec. 25 and 26, though no building permits have been issued yet.

“France condemns this decision, which expands settlement activity in the West Bank,” the French foreign office said in a statement.

Such decisions undermine the conditions for a two-state solution, “the only way to ensure a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and heightens tensions” it said, calling on the Israeli authorities to reconsider.

Israel rejects the interpretation of international law cited by France, maintaining that building in Yehudah and Shomron is not a violation.