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Foreign Ministry Note – Israeli settlements in Givat Hamatos

Italy expresses its deep concern regarding the Israeli announcement of opening the bidding procedure for the construction of 1,257 housing units in Givat Hamatos and asks the authorities to go back on their decision.

If built, such a settlement would seriously undermine the prospect of a future independent neighbouring Palestinian State. In line with international law and long-standing European policy, Italy considers the settlements illegal and a serious obstacle to the achievement of a just, sustainable and directly negotiated two-State solution between the two Parties.

Italy, together with its European partners, has repeatedly urged Israel to stop all settlement activity and not take unilateral action contrary to international law, since this can further undermine the already compromised climate of trust that is necessary for a revival of the Peace Process.