EU: Israeli demolitions shatter hope for two-state solution

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According to a statement by the spokesperson on the latest developments in Area C of the occupied Palestinian territories, Israel should reconsider the decision to tear down Palestinian homes in the West Bank.

The appeal from Brussels targets an Israeli decision from 25 January, when it was decided to declare 154 hectares near Jericho in the West Bank as Israeli state land. According to late reports, the Israeli plan permits to construct about 150 settler homes in the area.

“Continuing the demolition to create space for bigger settlements, will only lead to further division between Israelis and Palestinians”, wrote EU’s foreign service EEAS on Saturday.

“We call on the Israeli authorities to reverse the decisions taken and to halt further demolitions.” it says. The building plans are likely to “undermine the possibility of a Palestinian state in the future.”

Several Palestinian structures and homes in the area of south Hebron hills have already been demolished.

“This is particularly concerning both because of the extent of the demolitions and also the number of vulnerable individuals affected, including children who need support.” said the statement.

The latest negotiations on the conflict broke down in spring 2014.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that he was “ashamed” over the developments in the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

“I feel guilty, and I am ashamed of the lack of progress”, Ban Ki-moon said on an event by the foreign affairs think-tank Chatham House in London.

There has been no progress in the peace process in recent years – on the contrary, the parties have been involved in several violent conflicts.