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Egypt denounces Israel's plan to build 1,257 settlement units near East Jerusalem

Israel's decision can undermine chances of the two-state solution and isolate East Jerusalem from other Palestinian cities, said Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman

Ahram Online , Monday 16 Nov 2020
Part of Givat Hamatos
A general view picture shows part of "Givat Hamatos", an area near East Jerusalem November 15, 2020 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt’s foreign ministry denounced on Sunday Israel’s decision to receive contractor bids to build 1,257 new settlement units, fearing it can isolate East Jerusalem, a ministry statement read.

The decision was announced by the Israel Land Authority earlier on the same day which decided to include the area of Givat Hamatos near East Jerusalem, despite international opposition to settlement plans.

Egypt’s foreign ministry said the Israeli decision constitutes a new violation of international legitimacy resolutions and relevant decisions of the United Nations Security Council.

Foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez expressed concern as these decisions can undermine chances of the two-state solution and isolate East Jerusalem from other Palestinian cities.

He also warned against the impact of the steps on efforts to end the current stalemate in the Palestinian cause and on the security and stability of the region.

The Israeli step comes as US President Donald Trump, who has backed Israeli settlement plans, is set to leave office within weeks. President-elect Joe Biden was against the Ramat Shlomo settlement when he was vice president under president Barack Obama.

In February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced reviving a highly controversial plan to construct 3,500 settlement units east of Jerusalem. 

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