Israel to Approve Construction of 850 New Settlement Units in Occupied West Bank

An illegal Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: via AJE)

Israel plans to approve the construction of 850 settlement units across the occupied West Bank, the Kan public broadcaster reported Monday.

According to the report, the Israeli Defence Ministry panel is set to green-light the construction at a meeting next week, which includes 500 houses in the West Bank settlements of Itamar, Beit El, Shavei Shomron, Oranit and Givat Ze’ev.

It also includes more than 100 units in the settlement of Tal Menashe, north of the West Bank.

“We’re here to stay. We’re continuing to build the Land of Israel!” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Facebook.

The order to advance the illegal constructions comes ten days before US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Israeli opposition politician Yair Lapid described the settlement plans as “irresponsible” and warned they would create new divisions with Biden’s administration, which takes office on 20 January.

“The Biden administration has not yet taken office, and the government is already leading us into an unnecessary confrontation,” he wrote on Twitter.

“The national interest must also be maintained during elections.”

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

Under international law, Jewish settlements constructed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories constitute a violation of international law and are considered illegal.

(The Palestine Chronicle, MEMO, Social Media)

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  1. Every time you use the term West Bank you play the Israeli game. It is not the West Bank, it is Occupied Palestine. Use the correct name so people are reminded that Palestine is occupied and not something which sounds like a suburb of Israel.

    • Occupied Palestine includes ALL OF HISTORIC PALESTINE; the West Bank only refers to a single entity within Occupied Palestine; So using “occupied West Bank” in reference to the specific geography of the the West Bank should be accurate.

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