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The Israeli Defense Ministry has authorized the construction of some 30 houses in the northern Jordan Valley for former settlers from the Gaza Strip. To our knowledge, this is the first authorization of this type in more than 10 years.
For France, this decision runs counter to the commitments taken by Israel under the Road Map. Coming two days after the meeting between the Israeli prime minister and the president of the Palestinian Authority, it sends a particularly negative signal with respect to the will to dialogue and the reestablishment of trust between the two parties.
Moreover, in the face of the continued rocket fire that injured two Israelis yesterday, France demands that the parties respect the cease-fire concluded on November 26.
It calls on the parties to show restraint, to refrain from any unilateral action that could undermine the final status of the Palestinian territories, and to resume a high-level dialogue in line with Saturday’s meeting between President Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert.