Israel has legalized thousands of buildings in the West Bank

The Israeli Parliament approved a law on the legalization of 4 million units of housing built on the West Bank of the Jordan river on land privately owned by Palestinians. In support of the law voted by 60 members of the Knesset, against 52, the UKRINFORM reports citing the Financial Times.

It is noted that during the vote late in the evening of 6 February, the deputies ignored the warnings from the opposition center-left lawmakers.

The initiative, supported by the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu, proposes to replace the demolition, settlement construction, which is now practiced by passing it in the long term current users payment of compensation to Palestinian owners of land plots.

It is noted that the new law will allow to retroactively legalize the approximately four thousand «housing units» through the actual expropriation of 800 hectares of private Palestinian land in the West Bank.

In the Palestinian authority believe it is a serious threat to any peace agreements and urges Israel to stop settlement activity on land that neighbors feel a part of their future state.

Earlier, the Israeli authorities approved the building plans 2.5 thousand housing units in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Israel has legalized thousands of buildings in the West Bank 07.02.2017

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