Israel moved ‘to halt’ settlements ahead of UN report

Arriving for a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Downing Street, the White House said the US would hold Israel “accountable” for any step that helps destabilise the situation in the Middle…

Israel moved 'to halt' settlements ahead of UN report

Arriving for a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Downing Street, the White House said the US would hold Israel “accountable” for any step that helps destabilise the situation in the Middle East.

It also warned that a settlement expansion has implications for future peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

“The US and the international community have been very clear about the commitment of the US to continue to take the necessary steps to move towards peace negotiations,” the White House said.

“Any additional steps that further destabilise the situation or serve as an impediment to peace negotiations will be met with Israel’s accountability under international law.”

US President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton said: “I think any further actions that undermine the effort to get back to peace talks would be a very serious concern.”

The EU also has “concerns” about the situation.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has written to Netanyahu urging him to reconsider the plans, claiming they could jeopardise the possibility of Middle East peace talks resuming.

He said: “Israel is not in a position of strength, and we know that it has to take difficult decisions. We are going to call on Israel to reconsider.”

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