A general view taken from the Israeli settlement of Har Homa in annexed east Jerusalem, on March 7, 2016 shows the West Bank city of Bethlehem. AFP / THOMAS COEX
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Germany and France Wednesday criticized Israel's decision to appropriate large tracts of land in the occupied West Bank, saying the move violated international law and contradicted a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Israel says it intends to keep large settlement blocs in any future peace agreement with the Palestinians. Germany, which has forged close relations with Israel in the decades since the Holocaust, has repeatedly criticized Israel for its settlement plans.Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat Tuesday called on the international community to press Israel to stop land confiscations.
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