Knesset should reconsider bill that protects settlements on #WestBank private Palestinian land
Today, the Knesset is scheduled to vote on the so called “Regularisation” or “Legaliasation” Bill.
It would enable the continued use of privately-owned Palestinian land for Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and protect outposts built on private land. Some have pronounced it to be a step towards the annexation of the West Bank. The Attorney General of Israel has declared it to be anti-constitutional and it is in contravention of international law.
I am concerned that if adopted into law, this bill will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel and greatly diminish the prospects for Arab-Israeli peace. That is why I reiterate my call to legislators to reconsider this move.
Settlement activities are illegal under international law and run counter to the Middle East Quartet position that settlements are one of the main obstacles to peace. All core issues should be resolved between the parties through direct negotiations on the basis of relevant Security Council resolutions and mutual agreements.