The Spanish government condemned on Wednesday plans by Israel to build some 1,500 new residences for Jewish settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Establishing settlements in occupied territory violates international law, the Spanish foreign ministry said in a statement.

Israel's policy of expanding settlements in East Jerusalem threatens to permanently sever the city from the rest of the Palestinian lands and to fatally undermine efforts to create a territorially contiguous Palestinian state, the ministry said.

The approach taken by the Israeli government also makes less likely the resumption of direct talks with the Palestinians, as the final status of Jerusalem is one of the issues the two sides are supposed to resolve through negotiations, the statement said.

Spain repeated its call for an accord to found a Palestinian state based on the adjusted pre-1967 borders and with Jerusalem as a shared capital. EFE