In a rare occasion of voicing direct criticism of an Israeli policy, the bloc’s foreign policy service issued a statement, saying that Israelis “undermine” the future of a two state solution, under which the independent state of Palestine would exist alongside Israel. It reiterated similar comments by France and Germany made earlier this week.
"Any decision that could enable further settlement expansion [in the West Bank], which is illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace, will only drive the parties to the conflict even further apart," the statement reads.
The seized territories indicate the biggest land grab by Israel in recent years, according to organization Israel's Peace Now that stands for the recognition of an independent Palestine.
On Wednesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to “strengthen Palestinian institutions, economic and security prospects, while respecting legitimate Israel's security concerns” in order to pave the way to a peace agreement.
“[Ban] stressed the need for both sides to restore a political horizon toward a peaceful two-state solution,” a UN statement read.
The two-state solution dates back to November 29, 1947, when the UN General Assembly recommended in Resolution 181 the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states.