Spain and five other European countries call on Israel to end its colonization of the West Bank

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Spain and five other European countries ask Israel to put an end to the colonization of the West Bank

< p>Six European countries have demanded this Saturday the cessation of all unilateral actions and incitement to violence in the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, and have insisted that the Government of Israel must reverse its new settlement program in the West Bank.

In a statement, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, the United Kingdom and Spain refer specifically to the recent decision of the Israeli Executive to reconsider. to build more than 7,000 homes in that occupied Palestinian territory and to “legalize wild colonies”.

They reaffirm, in general, He stated his opposition to “all unilateral measures that compromise the two-state solution, including the progression of colonization, which is illegal under international law”.

The six countries “strongly” condemn the “recent terrorist attacks” that caused the deaths of Israelis, and in this regard they emphasized that “terrorism cannot be justified in any case”.

But at the same time they condemn “the violence Israeli settlers target Palestinian civilians“, as well as the destruction of their homes and their property. “These acts -they warn- cannot lead anywhere, if not to more violence.” That is why they demand that their authors be held accountable before the Justice.

Joint statement

This group of European states wants to see a light of hope in the joint statement of Israelis and Palestinians last Sunday after the meeting organized in the Jordanian city of Aqaba, under the auspices of Jordan itself, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In a statement reaffirming the need to engage against escalation on the ground, they affirmed their willingness to avoid more violence, and agreed to work towards a just and lasting peace.

The six European countries note that this was the first such outcome “for many years” and so they call on the parties to “refrain from derailing this fragile process” and that when They implement the commitments made in Aqaba.