Marietje Schaake submitted questions to High-Representative Federica Mogherini on the recent decision by Israel to allow the building of 2500 settlement constructions in the West-Bank. The questions, which you will find below, were co-signed by: Sophie in 't Veld, Katerina Konecna, Jozo Rados, Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Ivo Vajgl, Nessa Childers, Stefan Eck, Florent Marcellesi, Alyn Smith, Patrick le Hyaric, Molly Scott Cato, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Afzal Khan, Barbara Spinelli, Alfred Sant, Bodil Valero, Klaus Buchner, Javier Nart, Helmut Scholz, Hilde Vautmans, Brando Benifei, Jill Evans, Jordi Sole, Marita Ulvskog, Olle Ludvigsson, Jytte Guteland, Jens Nilsson, Anna Hedh, Gabi Zimmer, Martina Anderson, Claude Turmes, Liadh Ni Riada, Matt Carthy, Nils Torvalds, Agnes Jongerius, Georgi Pirinski, Merja Kyllonen, Neoklis Sylikiotis, Ignazio Corrao, Pascal Duran, Malin Bjork, Kati Piri, Tania Gonzalez Penas, Eva Joly, Martina Michels, Anne-Marie Mineur, Fabia Massimo Castaldo, Marina Albiol, Judith Sargentini, Lynn Boylan, Sajjad Karim, Bronis Rope, Ana Gomes, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Eleanora Evi, Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Beatrix Becerra, Eduoard Martin, Soraya Post, Julie Ward, Michele Rivasi, and Marie Arena.
On 24 January 2017, the Israeli government announced that it would approve building 2,500 new housing units on the West bank. These constructions are deemed illegal under international law. Additionally, last week it was announced that the building of hundreds of new houses in (occupied) East-Jerusalem was approved. Both developments come after UN Security Council resolution (2334) of 23 December 2016 condemned Israel's current settlement policy.
Was the High Representative made aware of this planned construction and what contacts have there been regarding this issue with the Israeli government?
Will the High Representative condemn this and any other future construction by Israel, which is illegal under international law and makes a two-state solution significantly more difficult?
How will the High Representative ensure coordination with other international partners to ensure that international law is respected?