Israel approves largest West Bank settlements in 25 years

Posted June 13, 2017

The EU reiterated its support for "a negotiated two-state solution" in the region.

Israel has withdrawn from the Gaza Strip, but entrenched itself in the West Bank with the construction of large numbers of Jewish settlements, making it more hard to separate from the Palestinians and give them a state in the West Bank, which is the only reasonable solution to the conflict with them. Out of these, 3,066 have been given final approval and will soon be built. Reality requires that we acknowledge that Jerusalem is not united and that the Palestinians of the city don't identify with Israel as a Jewish state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently described the 1967 Six-Day War as one of the greatest victories in the history of Israel.

The figures were similar to those published by settlement watchdog Peace Now last week.

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A day later, farmers have refused to call off the strike and the state is now witnessing a shortage of milk and vegetables. He said protests were not justified because the government was willing to listen to the aggrieved people.

On Tuesday, a defence ministry planning committee advanced 1,500 units, while more than 900 more were added on Wednesday, Peace Now said. "The numbers for the first half of 2017 are the highest since 1992,".

The settlement expansion, illegal under worldwide law, is also a snub to US President Donald Trump, who had told Israel to hold back on such projects as he seeks ways to restart peace efforts.

"Israel's continued policy of settlement expansion is illegal under worldwide law" and the recent decision "further complicate the prospects for viable two-state solution", the bloc's foreign police chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

Some 600,000 Israeli settlers now live in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, alongside around 4.9 million Palestinians. Last month, Trump visited Israel and the Palestinian territories, meeting both Netanyahu and Abbas as he seeks what he has called the "ultimate deal". But he has given no details about how he plans to restart talks, and there is deep scepticism over whether such an effort would have any chance of success.