UNITED NATIONS. – On February 1, the international community condemned Israel's decision to build 5,000 new settler homes on occupied Palestinian land, despite a U.N. Security Council vote at the end of last year demanding an immediate and total end to settlement construction, reported international media outlets.
In a statement, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, noted that "We are concerned over recent announcements by the Israeli government…We once again warn against any unilateral actions that can be an obstacle to a negotiated two-state solution."
He called on both parties to "Return to meaningful negotiations on the basis of relevant Security Council resolutions and in accordance with international law," noting that "The United Nations stands ready to support this process."
Meanwhile, Spain's Foreign Minister criticized the construction of new settlements in the West Bank by the Israeli government.
France also condemned Tel Aviv's decision to build over 3,000 homes in the area.
Last January 24, Israel approved plans to construct 2,500 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank. Following the announcement, Prime Minister Benjamín Netanyahu posted on Facebook: "We are building, and will continue to build."