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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled plans to build 2,500 settlement units in Jerusalem due to international pressure, according to local media reports. Israeli officials told Walla! Netanyahu stopped the construction of new settlement homes primarily due to fear of an “international crisis”, after the US had urged him not to follow through with the plan. The housing units had been announced after the 12 June abduction of three Israeli settler teens, who were later found dead near Hebron. 1,500 units were to be built in south Jerusalem and a further 1,000 in West Bank settlements. “The national status after Operation Protective Edge is explosive and complicated,” an unnamed officials told Walla!. “Israel needs to act carefully and not initiate new crises that will be added to unavoidable crises created by the operation,” they added.
Nobody needs motivation to follow International Law, its a duty to their signature...
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that Israel stands behind its decision to appropriate West Bank land, adding that "the official policy of the government of Israel is first and foremost to focus on the settlement blocs, which would clearly remain under Israeli sovereignty in any [future] settlement."
Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement that his government "deplores the Israeli government’s expropriation of 988 acres of land around the settlement of Etzion."
Hammond added that the decision would cause "serious damage to Israel’s standing in the international community."
"Our position on settlements is clear: they are illegal under international law, present an obstacle to peace and take us further away from a two state solution at a time when negotiations to achieve this objective urgently need to be resumed," added Hammond, strongly urging Israel to reverse its decision.