UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Thursday, the Israeli authorities agreed to build about 1,800 new homes in settlements in the occupied West Bank, less than a week before the crucial legislative elections in the political future of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Israeli Ministry of Defense said, “The Higher Planning Committee of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria (the name of the West Bank, according to the Israeli government) agreed to build about 1,800 housing units.”
In fact, the Israeli authorities have given the green light to build 1,776 units, including 620 in the Ayli settlement, and 534 in Shilo / Shvut Rachel, according to the ministry.
“We have agreed today to several housing units in the settlements and we will continue to do so in the future,” said Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, who is head of the “right” list in the upcoming elections on Monday.
“We are not waiting, we are doing. We will not give a single centimeter of the Land of Israel to the Arabs, but for that, we must build (housing),” said Bennett, a member of Netanyahu’s transitional government, which in turn works to attract right-wing voters and pro-settlers.
For his part, the head of the Yesha settlement settlement Council, David Al Hayani, declared, “This decision strengthens the Israeli presence in Judea and Samaria, and we are happy with that (…) Monday we will go to vote and wait for the elected government to continue developing settlements as it is now.”
The anti-settlement NGO Peace Now commented that “in the context of the battle against the right-wing voice of the settlers, Bennett and Netanyahu are pushing Israel towards investing in thousands of unnecessary and damaging housing in the settlements.”
Currently, more than 600,000 people live in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements.
Illegal settlement has accelerated from the point of view of international law in recent years, sponsored by Netanyahu and his ally in Washington, President Donald Trump.
At the end of January, Trump presented his project to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and it stipulates making Jerusalem an “undivided” capital for Israel and annexing the Jordan Valley and more than 130 Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
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