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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0561/2012

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on the Israeli Government’s decision to expand settlements in the West Bank (2012/2911(RSP))

Charles Tannock, Geoffrey Van Orden, Ryszard Czarnecki, Adam Bielan on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on the Israeli Government’s decision to expand settlements in the West Bank (2012/2911(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to its previous resolutions on human rights and democracy in Israel and Palestine,

–   having regard to the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and UN Security Council Resolutions 1979 and 1980,

–   having regard to the Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process of 8 December 2009, 13 December 2010, and 18 July 2011,

–   having regard to the Charter of the United Nations, with particular regard to Palestine’s new status as a non-member observer State,

–   having regard to relevant UN resolutions: UN General Assembly Resolutions 181 (1947) and 194 (1948), and UN Security Council resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), and 1850 (2008),

–   having regard to the agreements specified in the Oslo I Accord,

–   having regard to the Middle East Quartet statements, and in particular that of 23 September 2011,

–   having regard to Rule 122(5) of its Rules of Procedure

A. whereas last week the Israeli Government announced its intention to build 3 000 ‘settler homes’ in East Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the E1 area near Jerusalem, in response to the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral initiative on statehood in the UN General Assembly ;

B.  whereas so far the Israeli Government has approved building in East Jerusalem in major settlement blocks and planning of building in the E1 area, with no additional building having been approved in any other places;

C.  whereas Britain, France, Sweden, Spain, Denmark and the USA have all spoken out against the building of ‘settler homes’;

D. whereas Palestine is now a non-member observer State at the UN and can therefore apply to join international bodies;

E.  whereas Israel remains committed to a negotiated settlement of the conflict with the Palestinians based on a two-state solution, and has repeatedly called for the resumption of direct talks;

F.  whereas, in the past, Israel has frozen its settlement building programme for nine months as a prerequisite for resuming negotiations with the Palestinian Authority;

1.  Stresses the ongoing right of Israel to self-defence and security; acknowledges that the issue of settler homes is separate from that of Hamas-led violence and underlines that both issues should not be a major obstacle to the resumption of direct talks;

2.  Notes that the Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank are considered illegal under international law, the Fourth Geneva Convention and UN Security Council resolutions on settlements adopted in 1979 and 1980;

3.  Expresses its concern that the unilateral Palestinian Authority initiative at the UN General Assembly is in contravention of the agreement to seek a ‘negotiated solution’ which is enshrined in the Oslo Agreements;

4.  Expresses its grave concern at the expansion of Israeli homes onto designated ‘Palestinian areas’ and reminds the Israeli authorities of their commitments under the Oslo I Accord; calls on the Israeli authorities to cancel the expansion of the settlements in order to facilitate the resumption of direct negotiations;

5.  Calls on President Abbas in this connection to resume direct talks with Israel without further delay;

6.  Reiterates its support for a two-state solution, agreed on and honoured by the Israelis and the Palestinians and based on the 1967 borders, with agreed land-for-peace swaps, with a viable Palestinian State, which includes both the West Bank and Gaza, and the Israeli State living in peace and security; recalls that this can only be achieved through direct negotiations under the aegis of the UN Quartet and not through unilateral steps;

7.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice‑President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the President of the UN General Assembly, the governments and parliaments of members of the UN Security Council, the Middle East Quartet Envoy, the Knesset and the Government of Israel, the President of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Legislative Council.

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