Sunday, April 22, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

More than 1,000 settlement homes approved in West Bank

Palestinian foreign minister blames US for giving green light to Israel to do 'whatever it wants with Palestinian land'.

settlement

Israel has approved the construction of more than 1,000 settlement units in the occupied West Bank, the Peace Now NGO has reported. 

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki criticised the plan, blaming the United States for "giving the green light" to Israel to do "whatever it wants with Palestinian land".

Speaking to the Voice of Palestine Radio, Maliki said that the new settlement units was "one outcome of US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital."

The Israeli Peace Now organisation, which is opposed to settlements, said the homes would be constructed in 20 settlements.

Earlier, the group announced that 6,742 construction units were approved in the settlements in 2017, the highest since 2013. In 2016, the number was 2,629 units.

Settlements are illegal under international law, and are considered major stumbling blocks to the resumption of negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, which have been stalled since April 2014.

To date, there are 600,000 settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

"The defence minister will on Wednesday present for approval by the Higher Planning Council an immediate construction plan for 2018 of 1,285 housing units in Judea and Samaria," Israel's defence ministry said in a statement, referring to the West Bank, earlier this week.

Avigdor Lieberman, the defence minister, said he will seek the approval of Israeli authorities on building a further 2,500 units in 20 different locations.

The Higher Planning Council meets several times a year to study and approve settlement construction projects.

Last June, Lieberman said that plans in 2017 had been advanced for 8,345 homes in the occupied West Bank, including 3,066 slated for "immediate construction".

On Tuesday, an Israeli settler residing in the Israeli settlement outpost of Havat Gilad, near Nablus, was shot in a drive-by shooting.

The settler, a 35-year-old rabbi, later died in hospital in Tel Aviv. The Israeli army declared the area southwest of Nablus a military zone and carried out raids in the Palestinian villages of Tell and Sarra, in search of suspects.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Romania to move Israeli embassy to ...

Read More

Will the US confront Iran's forces ...

Read More

Assad forces target ISIL in souther...

Read More

9/11 attacks' suspect arrested by K...

Read More

Qatari forces participate in Gulf s...

Read More

Catholic cardinal meets Saudi king ...

Read More

Global_News

Good (Iyi) Party, launched in October by Meral Aksener, is eligible for June 24 parliamentary and presidential polls.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

One year under Trump

Gun violence in US