Turkey deplores Israel's plan to build 2,300 settlement homes

Turkey deplores Israel's plan to build 2,300 illegal settlement homes on Palestinian land
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07 August, 2019
Turkey has condemned Israel's plan to push forward a plan to build more than 2,000 settlement homes on Palestinian land.
The West Bank is under occupation [Getty]
Turkey's foreign ministry has condemned Israel's plan to expand its illegal settlement project by building more than 2,000 settlements in the occupied West Bank.

"We strongly condemn this illegitimate policy of Israel. It continues to openly and recklessly violate international law with a policy of expanding illegitimate settlements," the foreign ministry said the statement.

"We refuse Israel's efforts to eliminate the two-state solution approach and to make the occupation permanent, and reiterate that we will always stand by the righteous cause of the brotherly Palestinian people and Palestine," it added.

Israel on Tuesday announced its will advance plans plans to build more than 2,300 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a surge of such approvals since United States President Donald Trump took office.

The Israeli defence ministry planning committee issued the approvals while meeting over the past couple of days, the Peace Now NGO said in a statement. The 2,304 housing units are at various stages in the approval process.

"The approval of settlement plans is part of a disastrous government policy designed to prevent the possibility of peace and a two-state solution, and to annex part or all of the West Bank," said Peace Now, which closely monitors Israeli settlement building.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged before April elections to annex settlements in the West Bank, a move sought by the country's far-right.