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Israel okays plans for new settlement in occupied West Bank

Israel okays plans for new settlement in occupied West Bank

An Israeli panel has endorsed plans for the construction of a new settlement in West Bank in defiance of the international outcry against the Tel Aviv regime’s land grab policies in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Israeli media outlets reported on Tuesday that the plans also envisages construction of some 1,800 other settler homes – a move which will deal a stinging blow to efforts to create an independent Palestinian state and will jeopardize the so-called two-state solution to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Peace Now, an Israeli anti-settlement group that monitors settlement activity in the West Bank, reported that the military-run Civil Administration is scheduled to discuss further building plans for the occupied territory on Wednesday.

On March 30, the Israeli regime approved plans to build the new Amichai settlement. It will accommodate some 300 residents of a wildcat outpost in the West Bank known as Amona, which was evacuated under a court order in February.

According to Israeli media reports, the panel also ratified plans on Tuesday to build 102 homes at Amichai for Amona settlers.

Plans for another 1,800 dwellings in several existing settlements were also approved.

On December 23, 2016, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334, which demands that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem” al-Quds.

It also states that the building of settlements by Israel has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.”

Since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump in January, the regime in Tel Aviv has stepped up its construction of settler units on occupied Palestinian land in a blatant violation of international law.

About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

The Palestinian Authority wants the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinians state, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

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