The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz on Wednesday has quoted the German foreign ministry as saying ‘Our trust in the Israeli government’s commitment to the two-state solution has been shaken to the core.”
This statement comes two days after the Israeli Knesset passed a bill that legalizes land grab of private Palestinian lands for settlement expansion in theWest Bank.
It also comes as Israel approved the construction of over 6,000 new illegal settlement units, just after Trump became officially president on 20 January.
“Many in Germany who stand by Israel and feel great commitment towards it find themselves deeply disappointed by this move,” the German Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
“Our trust in the Israeli government’s commitment to the two-state solution has been shaken to its foundations,” he said.
The new law allows the state to declare private Palestinian land on which settlements or outposts were built, “in good faith or at the state’s instruction” as government property, and deny its owners the right to use or hold those lands until there is a diplomatic resolution of the status of the territories.