Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized on Tuesday, 25 April 2023 Israeli illegal practices against the Palestinain people in the occupied territories at the UN Security Council.
In a discussion held at UN Security Council Lavrov condemned Israel’s illegal settlement built on the occupied Palestinian lands saying, “We cannot accept Israeli settlement expansion, home demolitions, Palestinian land confiscations, and mass arrest campaigns”.
Lavrov added that Israel latter’s acts are the main reason for the outbreak of violence in the occupied Palestinian lands.
Lavrov noted that Russia believes that all factors must be gathered to strengthen the two-state solution which includes a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Russian Foreign Minister continued “It is unfortunate that the United States and the European Union do nothing to strengthen the two-state solution but continue to take unhelpful and unfair steps towards all parties.”
Earlier in February, the Israeli cabinet approved the legalization of nine outposts deep in the occupied West Bank in sheer defiance of the outcry from the international community and Palestinians who want an end to the regime’s settlement projects.
In a statement, Israeli occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the decision listing the illegal outposts as Avigayil, Beit Hogla, Givat Harel, Givat Arnon, Mitzpe Yehuda, Malachei Hashalom, Asahel, Sde Boaz, and Shacharit.
To legalize the outposts, the far-right Israeli government will have to prove that they were established on what Israel claims to be state land. This will likely be difficult given that many of them, including almost all of Sde Boaz and Givat Harel, were built on private Palestinian land.
It’s worth noting that more than 650,000 colonial settlers were distributed among 164 illegal settlements and 124 outposts built on the stolen lands of occuiped West Bank and Jerusalem.
The West Bank and Jerusalem lands are occupied territories based on International law due to this all Israeli settlement-building activities there are illegal.