Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Koenders condemns Israel’s ‘Regularisation Law’

‘The Netherlands condemns the Knesset’s passage of a far-reaching piece of legislation last night which provides for the legalisation, under Israeli law, of various “outposts” in Israeli-occupied territory. The law thus paves the way for further settlements. We regard such settlements as illegal; they are in contravention of international law and pose a threat to the two-state solution. Within the EU the Netherlands is working with its fellow member states to urge Israel not to enforce the law, and we call on all parties to comply with resolution 2334. The Netherlands also calls on Israel and the Palestinians to take confidence-building measures in furtherance of the two-state solution. Of course, the Netherlands is willing to support such measures wherever possible.’