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UK condemns Israel's settlement expansion in Jerusalem

Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood today condemned the Israeli government's announcement that it plans to build 1,060 new housing units in East Jerusalem.

A statement issued by the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Elwood saying, "The United Kingdom condemns the Israeli government's announcement this week to proceed with plans to build 1,060 new housing units in East Jerusalem."

He added: "This is an ill-judged and ill-timed decision which makes it harder to achieve a two state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital. Such announcements make it more difficult for Israel's friends to defend it against accusations that it is not serious about peace"

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