The Palestinian ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed Thursday publications on the websites of the foreign ministries of France, the UK and Germany, which warned against the legal and economic consequences of investing in the Israeli settlements, since that is illegal under international law. The Palestinian ministry called the Europeans ''balanced'' and said it is in line with the European guidelines, effective since 1 January 2014, on settlement construction and settlement products, as well as with international law.
“This is evidence to the European officials’ understanding and recognition of the
dangers of settlement construction in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,
including East Jerusalem, and its catastrophic consequences on peace
opportunities and on the potential of a viable, contiguous State of Palestine,”
the Palestinian ministry said in an official statement. ''This means the world is not deceived by the Israeli propaganda.”
The ministry considered the European position towards settlements and their
products an indicator of the “increasing international isolation” of Israel,
since it is “committed to occupation, settlement and failure of negotiations.”
It called upon the European Union member countries to adopt this stance and to
take the necessary legal procedures capable of putting an end to Israel’s
settlement policies, so that Israel will realize it will be held accountable
and punished for its ”aggressive” practices and for failure of negotiations.