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Government of Israel approves settlement construction in Jordan Valley

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Israeli government approved the construction of a settlement in the Jordan Valley shortly before the election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.

Earlier, Netanyahu promised that after the elections to be held on September 17, the Israeli government will extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley.

“The Cabinet of Ministers at a weekly meeting, today, September 15, approved the proposal of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to create a settlement of Mevoot Jericho,” the office said.

“Today we approved the creation of the Mevoot Jericho settlement in the Jordan Valley. Give me a mandate and we will extend Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan River Valley and all our settlements in Judea and Samaria (the Israeli name of the West Bank is ed.),” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter.

Settlement activities in the occupied West Bank and annexed East Jerusalem, where nearly 600 thousand Israelis already live, are considered to be the main irritant in Israel’s relations with the international community and one of the main obstacles in the search for peace with the Palestinians, who perceive it as a policy of consolidating the Jewish state on territories conquered half a century ago.

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