12 European States Call on Israel to Halt Plans for New Homes in Yehudah and Shomron

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A view shows the Jewish community of Maaleh Adumim. (REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

A group of 12 European countries on Thursday urged Israel to scrap plans for the construction of more than 3,000 homes in Yehudah and Shomron.

Coming a day after the U.S. criticized the Israeli plan, France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden said in a joint statement that Israel should “immediately” reverse its decision to build the new homes.

“We call on both parties to build on steps taken in recent months to improve cooperation and reduce tensions,” the countries said.

Israel moved forward on Wednesday with plans to build some 3,000 homes in Yehudah and Shomron, defying the strongest criticism to date of such projects from the administration of President Joe Biden.