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West Bank: Israel approves construction of 2,300 housing units in settlements

2019-08-06T20:42:42.878Z

Once again, Israel approves housing construction in settlements in the West Bank. A decision that challenges the two-state solution, a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Some 600,000 Israeli settlers live ...


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Israeli settlement construction site in Beitar Illit, West Bank, April 7, 2019 (image for illustration). REUTERS / Ronen Zvulun

Once again, Israel approves housing construction in settlements in the West Bank. A decision that challenges the two-state solution, a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Some 600,000 Israeli settlers currently live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

With our correspondent in Jerusalem, Michel Paul

The information comes from the Peace Now movement, an Israeli NGO that tracks settlements. According to the organization, the Israeli authorities have approved the construction of more than 2,300 housing units in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

According to La paix maintenant, the green light for these housing starts is intended to hinder the possibility of a two-state solution and leads in the longer or shorter term to the annexation of at least part of the West Bank.

A few days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu pledged to nationalist militants that no settlements would be dismantled in the West Bank.

A promise to put in the context of the election campaign for the legislative elections of September 17. Last week the Israeli security cabinet unanimously gave the green light to a large construction project in the West Bank. More than 6,000 housing units in settlements.

But ministers also endorsed the construction of 715 Palestinian homes in Area C of the West Bank, an area under Israeli administrative and security control under the 1994 Oslo agreement. unprecedented in recent years.

Source: rfi

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