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Israeli Settlements

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 679, tabled on 12 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government's statements criticising Israel’s settlement expansion in influencing the Government of Israel to halt its expansion of settlements.

Answered on

21 May 2021

We consistently call for an immediate end to all actions that undermine the viability of the two-state solution, including settlement expansion within the West Bank. The UK regularly raises settlement expansion with the Israeli authorities. The UK's position on settlements is clear. They are illegal under international law, present an obstacle to peace, and threaten the physical viability of a two-state solution. We continue to urge Israel to halt settlement expansion.