UK Foreign Secretary: UK ‘Deplores’ Further Israeli Settlements In E. Jerusalem – 3 October 2014

RT logoUK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says he “deplores” Israel’s decision to claim more of the Occupied West Bank as territory to build settlements, a statement that may further tensions between the UK and Israel, frayed since Operation Protective Edge.

The Israeli government gave its final approval for the construction of 2,610 houses in Givat Hamatos, one of the most sensitive regions in East Jerusalem on Wednesday, moments before a crucial meeting between US president Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The British government had expressed its opposition to the move in September, but reiterated its statement on Friday, urging the country to reverse its decision.

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