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"As is" reference - not a United Nations document

Source: France
10 June 2013



Israel/ Palestinian Territories - Settlements
(Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - June 10, 2013)


Q : With respect to Israel, the NGO Peace Now reports that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are at their highest level in 7 years and that in the first quarter of 2013 the number of housing starts tripled compared to the previous quarter. The NGO gives the Israeli government’s official figures.

What is the status of the policy aimed at convincing Israel that settlement activity is contrary to the peace process? Apart from the statements and the expressions of disapproval, how do you think you can convince the Israeli government of the merits of your position? What’s happening at the European level on this issue which everyone seems to see as a major obstacle to peace and to the two-state solution, whilst not forgetting the issue of international law which is continuously being flouted?

Q : With respect to Israel, the NGO Peace Now reports that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are at their highest level in 7 years and that in the first quarter of 2013 the number of housing starts tripled compared to the previous quarter. The NGO gives the Israeli government’s official figures.

What is the status of the policy aimed at convincing Israel that settlement activity is contrary to the peace process? Apart from the statements and the expressions of disapproval, how do you think you can convince the Israeli government of the merits of your position? What’s happening at the European level on this issue which everyone seems to see as a major obstacle to peace and to the two-state solution, whilst not forgetting the issue of international law which is continuously being flouted?

doclink: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/israel-palestinian-territories/israel/events-4069/article/israel-palestinian-territories-18396


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