The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued a statement following the adoption by the Israeli Knesset of the Settlement Regulation Law:
“As a steadfast friend and ally of Israel, Canada is deeply concerned by the announced expansion of settlements and the retroactive legalization of settlers’ outposts, which are illegal under international law.
“The passing of the ‘Settlement Regulation’ Law, which allows for the legalization of settlements built on privately owned land, is unhelpful to the advancement of the peace process in the region. Canada calls on all parties to refrain from unilateral actions that prejudge the outcome of direct negotiations and jeopardize the prospects for a two-state solution.
“Canada has a long-standing commitment to the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace, including Israel’s right to live in peace with its neighbours within secure boundaries and free of terrorism, and the creation of a sovereign, viable Palestinian state.”