Jerusalem:

The Israeli administration has approved new settlements in west bank. As per reports, the administration has approved the construction of 1,451 new housing units in West Bank settlements and advanced plans for the construction of 837 additional units, some in relatively isolated settlements. The approval comes after the settlement sub-committee in the administration’s Supreme Planning Council discussed the plans on Tuesday and Wednesday and gave final approval for 30 of these units.

The council approved 220 housing units in Givat Ze’ev, 180 in Neveh Daniel, 120 in Karmei Tzur, 129 in Avnei Hefetz, 62 in Ma’aleh Mikhmash, 61 in Tzofim, 42 in Alfei Menashe, 55 in Tomer, 18 in Adora, 16 in Metzad and one in Shiloh. Additionally, 135 construction units were approved for the expansion of the eastern neighbourhood of the Tene Omarim settlement. As per reports, thirteen plans in preliminary stages of planning were advanced, including plans for 152 units in Shavei Shomron, 94 in Haggai, 100 in Halamish, 75 in Shvut Rachel, 98 near Ma’aleh Amos, 82 in Ofra and two in Tzofim.

At present, there are around twenty illegal settlements, owing to settlers. The present move from the Israeli government was seen as a hostile attempt by the PLO. In a statement, the secretary general of PLO, Dr Saeb Erekat said that the international criminal Court should accelerate the process of investigating Israeli crimes. Erekat also said that as part of his early election campaign, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stolen more Palestinian land and resources, for the benefit of Israel’s illegal colonial settlement expansion.“What we witnessed in the previous Israeli elections was an evident incitement race against the rights of the Palestinian people, their lives, land, and resources, for the benefit of Israel’s colonial settlement project and to appease its settlers. Such illegal actions are a deliberate campaign to destroy the two-state solution and to prevent the establishment of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital,” Erekat said.

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