Israel approves over 1,100 new settlement homes in occupied West Bank

Israel approves over 1,100 new settlement homes in occupied West Bank

A total of 1,122 new housing units had been approved in 20 settlements and outposts, a spokesman for Peace now told The Independent.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Israel has approved the construction of more than 1,100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, an NGO has said.

A total of 1,122 new housing units had been approved in 20 settlements and outposts, a spokesman for Peace now told The Independent.

In a statement, the group said: "The government is attempting to destroy the possibility of a two-state solution and the prospects of peace by building more and more in the settlements.

"This agenda runs counter to Israel's national interest, as well as the interests of everyone who seeks a peaceful future in the region."

Earlier this week, Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's Defence Minister, said authorities would approve the construction of 1,285 housing units to be built in 2018.

He also said authorities were due to advance planning for 2,500 others in around 20 different settlements.

Settlements are one of the most contentious issues in efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which have been frozen since 2014.

Last month, the European Union urged the Israeli regime to stop plans for the construction of new settler units in the occupied West Bank, warning that such moves undermine peace efforts.

The last round of talks between Israelis and Palestinians collapsed in 2014. Tel Aviv’s settlement activities and its refusal to release senior Palestinian prisoners were among major reasons behind the failure of the negotiations.

About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.




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