European diplomats on Wednesday re-stated long-held positions that Israeli settlement-building on Palestinian land was “illegal”, following a dramatic policy shift on the issue by the Donald Trump administration earlier this week.

Addressing reporters outside the United Nations Security Council chamber, Britain’s ambassador Karen Pierce, also speaking for Belgium, France, Germany, and Poland, said the Euro-bloc’s policy on settlements “remains unchanged.”

“All settlement activity is illegal under international law and it erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace,” said Pierce, referencing the goal of achieving coexisting Palestinian and Israeli nations.

“We call

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