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    Part of the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank

    Germany Reaffirms Its Stance on Israeli Settlements Following Pompeo's Announcement

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Germany stands with EU partners in supporting a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and deems Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank to be in breach of international laws, the Foreign Office said Tuesday.

    "The federal government reaffirms its stance on the Israeli settlement policy in the occupied areas. The construction of settlements is in the federal government’s opinion illegal, undermines the peace process and complicates talks on a two-state solution," the press release read.

    This comes a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the establishment of Israeli villages in the Palestinian land "is not, per se, inconsistent with international law," reversing the decades-old US policy on the issue. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said hours later that the bloc urged Israel to stop settlement construction in the West Bank.

    The Foreign Office said Berlin together with its EU partners supported "a mutually acceptable negotiated solution" that would satisfy legitimate demands of both Israel and Palestine.

    Israel has built over 120 settlements in the contested area over the past decades. Unlike Israel and the United States, the international community sees their presence and expansion as illegal and considers them to be a major obstacle on the way to lasting peace.

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