Deputy FM: Israel will not allow international players to decide its borders

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Monday that Israel will not allow international players to determine its borders by encouraging illegal building.

Hotovely made the comments after reports that Israel’s Civil Administration had demolished dozens of illegal Palestinian structures in Judea and Samaria since the beginning of 2016, at least 14 of which were funded by the European Union.

The deputy foreign minister toured the illegal building by the EU in E1 area.

“In Area C, intensive construction is being carried out on over 1,000 illegal buildings by different authorities, and among them international authorities that are asking to for negotiations between the two sides,” she said.

“Activities in these territories that are not coordinated with Israel do not advance peace and coexistence between the two sides and give backing to the processes at the UN by the Palestinians, which further distances any chance of an agreement,” she added.

The EU has been funding the building of Palestinian settlements in areas placed under Israeli control by international law, an Israeli right wing NGO claimed last year.

The homes have been erected in 17 locations across Area C of Judea and Samaria, which was placed under Israeli jurisdiction during the Oslo Accords, a Regavim report said. The structures are being built in E1 area – an area of Judea and Samaria within the municipal boundary of the Jewish community of Ma’ale Adumim, adjacent to Jerusalem.