Lunedi, 12 Novembre, 2018

Israel plans most settlement homes since 1992

Sveva Terracina | 12 Giugno, 2017, 12:33

Israel has so far this year advanced its highest number of settlement projects since 1992, the defense minister said Sunday, despite warnings such plans will further cloud chances of a two-state solution.

Of the 3,651 units approved in June, 671 are meant for immediate construction, Lieberman said at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting.

The European Union on Friday warned Israel about its plans for thousands of new settlement units, including in the West Bank.

Lieberman added says number of settler homes approved for construction within the the first half 2017 are at their highest since 1992.

According to the group's research, plans for 7,721 housing units were advanced since the beginning of 2017, almost three times more their number in all 2016.

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


Peace Now could not immediately say whether it agreed that this year's figures were the highest since 1992.

"The EU calls on both sides to engage in a meaningful process in view of reaching a negotiated two-state solution, and reiterates its readiness to support them, together with its global and regional partners", the statement said. Last week, the premier told settlers he would keep building across the West Bank.

Meanwhile, Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Palestinians and Israelis are "are closer than ever before to an agreement" during a TV interview with Israeli Channel 2 amid an announcement that Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are set to meet for negotiations with US President Donald Trump in July. But he has given no details about how he plans to restart talks, and there is deep skepticism over whether such an effort would have any chance of success.

The document contains an Israeli provision affirming the rights of settlers to remain in a future Palestinian state.

The settlements are illegal under global law and are seen as a major obstacle to peace sought by the Palestinians and the worldwide community.

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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