Israel has approved 382 settlers' houses and 1,400 other units on the occupied West Bank advanced, some in relatively isolated settlements.
The Civil Governance Council was also intended to promote the legalization of two illegal outposts yesterday, but these were removed from the agenda prior to the meeting.
The civilian administration discussed the expansion of the Kiryat Netafim settlement with another 84 housing units and the notorious Beit El settlement east of the Palestinian city of Al-Bireh with another 52 units, after the authorities had already discussed plans for 650 new ones on Tuesday. build buildings. settler units in the Jewish-only complex.
Part of the construction work in Beit El is already starting next month, in preparation for 300 houses that were previously approved. The combination of both projects is a significant boost for the community of the settlement with more than 6,000 people, located outside the route of the separation wall.
The decision to approve the expansion was criticized by Meretz, president MK Tamar Zandberg, who said that the decision "is like putting a finger in the eye of a possible peace process." The government does not care about Israeli interests, only to protect the interests of settlers. "
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Nevertheless, the building plans were not welcomed by the Israeli settler community, who complained that the number of authorized units was too small.
"This is the smallest number of units that the committee has produced over the last year and a half," said the Yesha Council of the right-wing settlers. "During previous committee meetings, 2,000 to 3,000 housing units were advanced in advance – and this number is small compared to the tens of thousands of housing units that are permitted throughout the country."
"We call on the prime minister to remove [building] restrictions and to enable construction throughout Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank]just like it happens in the rest of the country. This has to be done today, "demanded the Yesha board.
According to Palestinian figures, more than 700,000 Jewish settlers now live in 196 government-approved settlements, as well as more than 200 settlers built outposts without state permission, across the occupied West Bank.
The Trump government continues to ignore Israel's expansionist settlement program with US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who told the Israeli officials last week that it is "not necessary" to evacuate its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.
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