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Israeli Settlements

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL1280, tabled on 3 February 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what status Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank currently hold under international law.

Answered on

13 February 2020

As the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa made clear in his statement on 7 January, it is the UK's longstanding position that settlements are illegal under international law, present an obstacle to peace, and threaten the physical viability of the two-state solution. We want to see a contiguous West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as part of a viable and sovereign Palestinian state, based on 1967 borders. We urge Israel to halt its settlement expansion, which promotes the effective annexation of the West Bank, immediately.