‘Settlement Expansion to Continue’

Even with the renewal of reconciliation talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Jewish settlers say they will continue their activities in the occupied land.

On Thursday the director of the settler group, YESHA council, Naftali Bennett said they will continue to build more settlement units in the Palestinian land, just hours before Washington hosted the reconciliation talks, Reuters reported.

The negotiations broke off at the turn of 2009, when Israel launched a full-scale war on Gaza, killing more than 1,400 Palestinians.

Bennett said homes and public structures are to go up in at least 80 settlements.

"Once they (Palestinians) understand Israel is here to stay and only growing stronger day by day, they will give up,” he said.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has said any prospective agreement would depend on a complete freeze in settlement activities.

The settlers, however, have threatened to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should he stop new constructions.

Many Palestinian people are dismissive of the US-brokered negotiations, citing the White House’s partiality towards Tel Aviv and the fact that the acting PA chief, Mahmoud Abbas, does not represent all the Palestinians.

(Press TV)

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