Israel Plans 2700 New Settlements

Israeli settlement councils plan to build 2700 new settlements in the West Bank immediately after the existing settlement freeze on September 27.

The plans await approval by Israeli Housing Ministry and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, daily Haaretz reported on Monday.

In larger cities, plans have already been authorized, the report said.

The news comes after Israeli ministerial committee rejected a key bill on giving Tel Aviv the power to block extension to a settlement freeze in the occupied West Bank.

The draft legislation would have given parliament a veto over any extension of the settlement freeze.

International community has repeatedly declared that Israel is violating international law by expanding its settlements in the occupied Palestinian land, including al-Quds (Jerusalem).

“Settlement construction should stop, as should measures which discriminate against Palestinian residents of the city and the ability of Palestinians to access the city [al-Quds],” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said earlier this week.

Last year, Tel Aviv put a ten-month freeze on the building of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian occupied land including West bank.

(Press TV)

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