EU Urges Israel to Stop Construction After New Tenders

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New housing under construction in Efrat, near Yerushalayim. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

The European Union on Monday called on Israel to halt construction in Yehuda and Shomron and not go ahead with tenders for about 1,300 new homes in the region that were announced over the weekend.

“Settlements are illegal under international law and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between the parties,” a spokesperson for the EU’s executive Commission said in a statement.

The EU has repeatedly stated that it will not recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Yerushalayim, other than those agreed by both sides, the spokesperson added.