UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres denounced Israel's 'Regulation Bill' during a press conference at UN headquarters in New York City, Tuesday, a law passed by the Israeli parliament Monday that retroactively legalises illegal settlement-building in the Palestinian West Bank.
The spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric reported, "This bill is in contravention of international law and will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel," adding, "it reportedly provides immunity to settlements and outposts in the occupied West Bank that were built on privately-owned Palestinian land."
Dujarric continued stating, "The Secretary-General insists on the need to avoid any actions that would derail the two-state solution. All core issues should be resolved between the parties through direct negotiations on the basis of relevant Security Council resolutions and mutual agreements.
The law, passed Monday in the Israeli parliament, retroactively legalises almost 4,000 settlements built on illegally occupied and privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank. This comes against the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which states that Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land within the 1967 borders, have no legal basis.
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