France on Thursday expressed great concern over Israel’s persistent settlement expansion, condemning its approval of a new plan to build housing units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.

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In a press release on Thursday, the French foreign ministry condemned Israel’s recent permission for more illicit housing units in the West Bank that were previously illegal under Israeli law.

These decisions bring to 2,500 the number of housing units concerned by settlement-building plans since the beginning of the year and they are extremely worrying,” the ministry stated. “Settlement building is illegal with regard to international law and undermines the two-state solution,” it added.

The Israeli government approved last Wednesday a plan to build 463 housing units in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

This new approval of housing units came two days after UN Middle East peace envoy Nikolay Mladenov strongly denounced Israel’s settlement activities in the Palestinian territories.