Israel approves largest West Bank settlements in 25 years

EU warns Israel of new settlement units

According to the Israeli NGO Peace Now, Israel advanced plans for more than 3,000 settler units in West Bank settlements last week, just as Palestinians and Israelis marked 50 years since the June 1967 war, after which Israel's occupation of the West Bank began.

More than 3,000 units have been advanced this week, a spokeswoman for the group that tracks settlement building in the Palestinian territory told AFP. The powerful settler movement wields heavy influence in Netanyahu's right-wing governing coalition.

In a separate process, 688 homes were advanced by the committee on Wednesday and will go out for a 60-day public comment period, during which objections can be filed.


"As a proof, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Israel's liberation of Jerusalem and the West Bank", she claimed.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett publicly stated what has in more recent years become the position of a growing majority of Israelis-namely that a united Jerusalem under Israeli control is more important than a shaky peace deal with the Palestinians.

Turkey on Saturday condemned the approval of 2,500 additional Israeli settlements in Palestine's West Bank. Any peace agreement with the Palestinians, who seek a capital in Jerusalem as well, should acknowledge reality and provide for a new division of the city - with adjustments, however complicated they might be to negotiate - over the location of a new border. Add to that Palestinian incitement against Israel, its funding of families of terrorists, and its refusal to negotiate throughout several USA presidential terms, and it should not surprise anyone that a two-state solution, which ADL and a majority of Americans strong support, has yet to materialize. Netanyahu has said he still supports a two state solution, but peace advocates say his actions show otherwise. "It is a challenge to Trump's efforts to create an appropriate atmosphere for a serious political process, and a blatant challenge to the worldwide community as a whole", a statement said.

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