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Israel’s plans to move forward with building thousands of new settlements would make the establishment of a neighbouring Palestinian state — with Jerusalem as a shared capital — “almost inconceivable,” said British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Hague added, however, that the European Union would likely not resort to trade sanctions against Israel.

Speaking in parliament, Hague reiterated Britain’s view that Israel’s move to build in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is “illegal,” but maintained that he didn’t “think there was enthusiasm” among European Union nations to impose actual economic penalties.

Israel is proceeding with plans for two major settlement projects in east Jerusalem, a spokeswoman said Tuesday, even as a senior Palestinian official warned that his government could pursue war crimes charges if Israel doesn’t halt such construction.

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