Israel up for a debate with Federica Mogherini
Prospects for resuming peace talks in the Middle East will be debated with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday afternoon. MEPs are likely to raise the Israeli government’s recent decision to build 3,000 new houses in the West Bank and its so-called "Regulation Bill" - which would retroactively “legalize” several thousand settlements illegally built on Palestinian private land.
The construction of additional 3,000 settlement units in the West Bank is "posing a direct challenge to the prospects of a viable two-state solution", Ms Mogherini commented on the Israeli government announcement on 1 February.
The law passed by the Israeli Knesset on 6 February retroactively legalises the expropriation of privately owned Palestinian land scattered around the occupied West Bank. Under the law the original Palestinian landowners will be financially compensated or given alternative land.
UN Security Council Resolution 2334 of 23 December 2016 urged an end to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which it said constitute a "flagrant violation" of international law and have "no legal validity".
Statement by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission
Debate: Tuesday, 14 February
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