Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/seenews-poll-hafez-named-most-popular-figure-abroad-in-2019\/">Counselor Ahmed Hafez<\/a> condemned the Israeli government\u2019s decision to allow the construction of 3,500 new settlement housing units.<span class="Apple-converted-space">\u00a0<\/span>\r\n\r\n\u201cThis decision contradicts the international law represented in Security Council resolutions and international references on the Palestinian issue,\u201d Hafez added.<span class="Apple-converted-space">\u00a0<\/span>\r\n\r\nThe Egyptian diplomat asserted that the Israeli new settlement establishment will undermine the chances of a peace based on a two-state solution.\r\n\r\nFew days before Israeli election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced reopening the long-dormant project to build 3,500 homes for Israeli settlers in one of the most sensitives areas of the occupied West Bank.<span class="Apple-converted-space">\u00a0<\/span>\r\n\r\nThe Israeli project aims to virtually cut the West Bank into two enclaves and completely encircles Palestinians neighborhoods in Jerusalem.<span class="Apple-converted-space">\u00a0<\/span>\r\n\r\n\u201cI have given instructions to immediately publish \u2026 the plan to build 3,500 housing units in E1,\u201d Netanyahu said in a speech on Tuesday.\r\n\r\nThe US presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama both objected to the E1 plan. In 2012, Israel resurrected the idea as a retaliatory measure to the UN recognition of Palestine. That move was halted following <a href="https:\/\/www.theguardian.com\/world\/2012\/dec\/03\/israel-defiant-settlement-expansion-europe">a diplomatic crisis<\/a> in which the UK, France, Sweden, Spain and Denmark summoned the respective Israeli ambassadors to their countries, according to the Guardian.<span class="Apple-converted-space">\u00a0<\/span>\r\n\r\nThe London-based magazine noted that it is unclear if there will be a similar response this time.\r\n\r\nDonald Trump\u2019s administration has backed many of Israel\u2019s claims to the Palestinian territories. However, the UK government has repeated that settlements are illegal. Ironically, it has also <a href="https:\/\/www.theguardian.com\/world\/2020\/jan\/30\/labour-condemns-government-praise-trump-middle-east-peace-plan">praised Trump\u2019s intentions<\/a> for the region.\r\n\r\nAccording to Israeli media reports, Netanyahu\u2019s plan is an election spin.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt's one of many populistic decisions aimed at pleasing various constituencies. But that does not mean it is possible to turn back the clock after Monday's election. More likely, the State of Israel has taken another step toward a bi-national state,\u201d Haartez newspaper noted.