Egypt joins the world in slamming Israeli tenders to build 1257 housing units in the occupied territories

Egypt on Monday joined the world in condemning the Israeli authorities’ decision to offer tenders to build 1257 new housing units in the occupied West Bank, calling it a violation of related United Nations and Security Council resolutions.

Ahmed Hafez, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement that Egypt is concerned that such policies will undermine chances of a two-State solution, isolate East Jerusalem from its Palestinian environs, and obstruct efforts to end the stalemate in the Palestinian issue.

Israel yesterday opened bidding for the construction of Givat Hamatos settlement north of Bethlehem that would cut the biblical city off occupied East Jerusalem and end prospects for a future contiguous Palestinian state.

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