(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The European Union on Saturday added to United States and Palestinian criticism over Israeli plans to build 900 settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem.
"Israel's determination to continue its settlement policy despite the urging of the international community not only threatens the viability of the two state solution but also seriously calls into question its commitment to a negotiated agreement with the Palestinians," the EU said in a statement.
"Settlements are illegal under international law."
Settlement watchdog Peace Now reported the latest batch of construction approvals on Thursday, just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed a new rightwing-religious coalition government.
The new homes will be built in the east Jerusalem settlement neighbourhood of Ramat Shlomo following a decision late Wednesday by the city's district planning committee, Peace Now spokeswoman Hagit Ofran told AFP.
In a briefing Thursday at the US State Department, spokesman Jeff Rathke called the decision "disappointing" and "damaging".