Israel approved a massive settlement construction in the West Bank

Israel approved a massive new programme of building Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories — 2,500 new housing units in the West Bank in Judea and Samaria. This was announced by the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu on his page in Facebook. «We build and we build,» said Israeli Prime Minister.

The British newspaper the Guardian quoted the press Secretary of the President of the state of Palestine Nabil Abu Rudeina, who said that this decision will prevent any attempt to restore security and stability, will strengthen extremism and terrorism and prevent the peace process.

The British newspaper the Guardian quoted the press Secretary of the President of the state of Palestine Nabil Abu Rudeina, who said that this decision will prevent any attempt to restore security and stability, will strengthen extremism and terrorism and prevent the peace process.

The plans of Israel condemned the member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine liberation Organization Hanan Ashrawi, who said that Israel uses the new presidential administration of the United States against a Palestinian state.

Last week, commenting on the message that the Jerusalem municipality after the inauguration of the new US President Donald trump allowed the construction of 566 new apartments in three neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, she said, «Renew construction in Jerusalem, they are trying to take advantage of the election promises trump and his saying that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. This, in their opinion, legalizes the criminal annexation of Jerusalem and settlement expansion activities in its territory» (quoted by EuroNews).

The Council of Judea and Samaria, has expressed disappointment at the amount of planned construction in the settlements, stating that it does not match the population growth in Judea and Samaria and the need for new housing.

In the message a press-services of the Ministry of defence, quoted by NEWSru.co.il says that the construction should resolve the housing crisis. Most of the new homes will be built in major settlement enclaves. Another 100 units are in Beit El and in the quarter for the evacuees from Migron, as part of the execution of the guarantees given by previous governments.

The press service of the Ministry of defense also reports that in the near future Avigdor Lieberman will present for approval to the Cabinet of Ministers a plan to build new industrial zone in the Palestinian village Tarqumia. We are talking about the biggest industrial zone in Judea and Samaria, where it is expected to create warehousing infrastructure, the construction of the terminal for fuel and so on.

About 400,000 settlers live in the West Bank and another 200,000 in East Jerusalem, the territories Israel captured in 1967 during the war in the middle East. During the presidency of Barack Obama, who took the side of the Palestinians, the US and the international community condemned the construction as an obstacle to the peaceful coexistence of Israel and Palestine. In rejected by Israel of resolutions of the UN security Council demanded immediately to stop construction in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The new American President Donald trump stood up for Israel and proclaimed a softer approach to the settlements, and some of his aides have close ties with the leaders of the settlement movement in the West Bank. In addition, the United States in the trump have started negotiations to transfer its Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If this happens, it will mean that Washington recognizes the disputed city Israel’s capital.

In turn, the UN will continue to regard Israel’s construction of settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank of the Jordan river to unilateral actions that impede the settlement of the middle East conflict. As reported by RIA «Novosti», said the official representative of the UN Secretary General Stefan Dyuzharrik.

«Any unilateral decision, which may hinder the achievement of the goal of two States, is a matter of concern to the Secretary-General — said Dyuzharrik. For the Secretary-General has no «plan B» regarding the solution of the problem according to the principle of two States».

The UN representative once again pointed out the necessity of involvement in the negotiation process both sides of the conflict.




Israel approved a massive settlement construction in the West Bank 25.01.2017

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