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Joins Australia, Britain and Canada in calling for a halt to new settlements in the West Bank

Key Point
  • The Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada have issued a joint statement on settlements in the West Bank.
  • The statement calls on the Israeli government to “overturn these decisions.”
  • Anthony Albanese said Australia “understands the need for a peaceful solution”.
Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada have called on the Israeli government to reverse its decision to approve a new West Bank settlement, saying it is “deeply concerned” by the ongoing cycle of violence.

Israel approved more than 5,700 new settlements in the West Bank this week and earlier this month introduced changes to the settlement approval process that will facilitate faster approval for construction. Settlements are considered illegal under international law in many countries.

The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada said in a joint statement: “The continued expansion of settlements is an obstacle to peace and will adversely affect efforts to achieve a negotiated two-state solution. We urge the Israeli government to We ask that the decision be reversed,” he said. statement.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Saturday that Australia “understands the need for a peaceful solution”.
“We, along with other partners, including the UK and Canada, understand that the need for a peaceful solution in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine requires reconciliation between the Israeli and Palestinian leadership,” he said. said.

“We also understand that settlement in Palestinian territory makes it more difficult. I want to see the right of Israelis and Palestinians to live peacefully behind secure borders. And we need to ensure that any action we take supports it, not undermines it.”

Violence intensifies in West Bank

In the West Bank, deadly clashes in Jenin, shootings by Palestinians near Jewish settlements, retaliation for settlers looting nearby Palestinian villages, and rare use of the Israeli Air Force against militants. and violence is on the rise.
The UN Security Council on Tuesday called for an end to the escalating violence in the West Bank.

Nasser Mashni of the Australian Advocacy for Palestine Network welcomed the foreign minister’s statement.

“It is very important that the world takes action. What we are now seeing is that there are nearly 530 million Israelis living in what should have been Palestine, and the two-state The solution is dysfunctional.”
Alex Rivchin, co-CEO of the Australian Jewish Executive Council, said: “We understand that the presence of Jewish civilians in conflict areas has never caused conflict. This is a symptom of conflict,” he said.
“This conflict will continue until the Palestinians can accept Israel’s legitimacy and permanence.

“The Israeli government has condemned all manner of violence by its settlers and has long insisted it is open to resuming negotiations to finally end this needless conflict. The ball is in the Palestinian court.”

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/australia-joins-uk-and-canada-in-calling-for-a-stop-to-new-settlements-in-the-west-bank/zuu19cjra Joins Australia, Britain and Canada in calling for a halt to new settlements in the West Bank

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