Czech EU presidency condemns Israeli settlement plans
The Czech presidency of the European Union has condemned planned Israeli settlement activities in the vicinity of the Adam settlement in the West Bank. In a statement issued on Friday, the presidency urged Israel to reconsider the planned construction which would violate international law. Continued settlement activities represent a major obstacle to peace in the Middle East, and severely damage the prospect of the creation of a viable Palestinian state, the Czech EU presidency said.
Israel plans to build another 1,400 housing units near the existing settlement of Adam in the West Bank. According to the EU presidency statement, Israel built more than 1,200 settlement structures last year, nearly 750 of them permanent.