IP- A senior European Union official on Sunday said the Israeli policy of settlement in Palestinian territories undermines the world-backed two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Iran PressMiddle East: The settlement policy is "fundamentally contrary to international law" and "undermines the chances of the two-state solution on the 1967 borders," Shadi Othman, an EU communication official in  Al-Quds, told reporters.

On Friday, the Israeli District Planning and Building Committee approved a plan to build 730 new housing units in Pisgat Ze'ev, a Jewish settlement in East Al-Quds.

Othman called on Israel, the international community, and all relevant parties "to work towards preserving the two-state solution and the possibility of implementing it in the future."

The last direct peace talks between Palestine and Israel, sponsored by the United States and lasted for nine months, stopped in 2014 due to deep differences over Jewish settlements, borders, and security.

The Palestinians want to declare East Al-Quds as the capital of their future state, while Israel insists on having a unified Jerusalem as its eternal capital. 


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