Didier Reynders worried on decisions and announcements on a further increase in settlement building in East Jerusalem
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is, just as the European Union, very worried about the projects to build more than 1800 additional housing units in East Jerusalem. This was announced by the Israeli authorities.
In the last months, the Israeli authorities took several measures to accelerate settlement expansion in the occupied territories. A law was adopted regularizing settlements that are illegal even under Israeli law and a whole new settlement was established in the West Bank.
As was repeated in UN Security Council Resolution 2334, Israel’s settlement policy in the occupied territories, including in East Jerusalem, is illegal under international law. These new announcements risk to seriously compromise a resumption of meaningful peace talks between the two parties to reach a two-state solution and achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace.
Belgium, just as the EU, will not recognize any changes to the 1967 borders, other than those that would be agreed upon by both parties.