|Giv'at Ze'ev, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, five kilometers northwest of Jerusalem. (Photo: AFP/VNA)
Blinken, in a statement, said authorizing such settlements exacerbate tensions and undermine the prospects for a negotiated two-state solution.
He said that the US is deeply troubled by Israel’s decision to advance reportedly nearly 10,000 settlement units and to begin a process to retroactively legalize nine outposts in the West Bank that were previously illegal under Israeli law.
The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Israeli government’s decision constitutes a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions and the rules of international law.