UN, EU decry Israeli plans to legalize settlement outposts in West Bank

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The United Nations and the European Union (EU) have condemned in the strongest terms the announcement by the far-right Israeli administration to purportedly legalize five settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank and the issuance of tenders for thousands of illegal housing units in the area.

In a post published on his official X account on Saturday, UN Special Coordinator for the so-called Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, denounced the measure as “deeply concerning.”

“Such actions, alongside other steps that undermine the Palestinian Authority and entrench settlement advancement in the West Bank, exacerbate tensions and diminish the viability of achieving a negotiated peace on the basis of a [so-called] two-state solution. Settlements are a flagrant violation of international law and UN resolutions,” he pointed out.

Separately, the European Union strongly condemned the decision by the extremist Israeli finance minister Bezalel Smotrich regarding the legalization of five settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank.

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