JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli plans to advance the constructing of 1000’s of settlement items within the occupied West Financial institution drew European condemnation on Friday as approvals for constructions hit a file excessive in 2020.

The European international locations warned the constructing perpetuates the Israeli-Palestinian battle and additional threatens the viability of a two-state resolution. The warning got here after Israel on Thursday pressed ahead on plans for greater than 3,000 West Financial institution settlement properties.

The Palestinians declare the entire West Financial institution, captured by Israel within the 1967 Mideast conflict, as a part of a future unbiased state. They are saying the rising settler inhabitants, approaching 500,000 within the West Financial institution, has made it more and more tough to realize their dream of independence.

“We’re deeply involved by the choice taken by the Israeli authorities to advance greater than 4,900 settlement constructing items within the occupied West Financial institution,” stated a joint assertion by overseas ministry spokespersons of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

“Additionally it is a counterproductive transfer in gentle of the optimistic developments of normalization agreements reached between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain,” it added, referring to the latest historic agreements between Israel and the 2 Gulf Arab international locations.

Ayman al-Safadi, Jordan’s overseas minister, known as for worldwide stress on Israel to cease the constructing of latest settlements. On Thursday, the highest diplomat of the European Union additionally condemned the most recent Israeli choice.

“Settlements are unlawful beneath worldwide legislation. As acknowledged persistently, the EU won’t acknowledge any modifications to the pre-1967 borders, together with with regard to Jerusalem, apart from these agreed by the events,” the bloc’s overseas relations chief Josep Borrell stated.

The most recent Israeli approvals are a part of a constructing growth that has gained steam in the course of the presidency of Donald Trump. It additionally comes months after Israel promised to placed on maintain plans to annex elements of the West Financial institution in alternate for a U.S.-brokered normalization cope with the UAE.

The approvals raised the variety of settlement properties to be superior this 12 months to greater than 12,150, in line with Peace Now, a settlement watchdog group. It’s by far the best variety of approvals since Trump took workplace in early 2017 and the best since Peace Now started recording the figures in 2012.

Additionally Friday, Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops and settlers within the West Financial institution village of Burqa, east of town of Ramallah, whereas making an attempt to get to their olive groves close to a Jewish settlers outpost and harvest the olives. Harvest time is usually a flashpoint between the perimeters.

Israeli troops fired tear gasoline and stun grenades to attempt to disperse the gang. The navy stated in an announcement that dozens of Palestinians threw stones on the troops, which the navy stated had been there in coordination with the farmers.

Later, each Jewish settlers and Palestinian farmers fought fires within the olive groves brought on by Israeli police’s teargas canisters.