Media Statement

03 April 2017

South Africa condemns Israel’s settlement expansion

The South African government has learnt with shock and dismay of plans by the Government of Israel to further expand its settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory of West Bank.

This surprise decision by the Israeli Government follows closely after the adoption in December 2016 of the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 which affirmed that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law.

This development constitutes a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.

South Africa is deeply concerned that the actions by Israel will undermine the conditions for successful final status negotiations and for advancing the two-state solution through the negotiations. The cessation of all Israeli settlement activity is essential for reversing the negative trends already created on the ground.

South Africa calls on the Government of Israel to immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respects its legal obligations in this regard.

South Africa remains committed to working with Israel and Palestine and with the international community to find a lasting and durable solution to the conflict within the parameters of international law.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974


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