Furthermore, the DFA is concerned about the continued building of Jewish settlements on Palestinian territory and, in particular, about the prevailing conditions in the city of Hebron. The DFA urges the Israeli authorities to renounce further expulsions of Palestinian nationals from their homes and the destruction of buildings. The DFA is moreover concerned about the deterioration in the conditions of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), in which Swiss citizens are participating. It expects both the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to take all necessary measures to allow the mission to function properly.
Finally, the DFA recalls that only the renouncement of violence by both sides, full compliance with international humanitarian law, and the resumption of a dialogue on peace can lead to an improvement in the situation, one which is conducive to the search for a fair solution to the Israeli-Palestinian question. The reoccupation of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli forces is incompatible with such a search for peace.