Jan. 11 (UPI) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday introduced new plans to construct near 1,000 new settlements within the occupied West Financial institution — a extremely contentious concern that’s anticipated to satisfy U.S. opposition as soon as President-elect Joe Biden takes workplace.
Netanyahu’s workplace mentioned there can be about 800 new settlements constructed within the West Financial institution, which Israel claimed in 1967 — together with about 100 in an space the place a girl was killed solely final month by a Palestinian attacker.
Netanyahu and protection minister Benny Gantz help the brand new development.
Palestinians have lengthy opposed Israel’s declare to the territory within the West Financial institution and years of constructing new settlements there. The land is a part of territory Palestinians declare for a future state.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has supported new Israeli settlements and annexation efforts within the West Financial institution, however the incoming Biden administration is anticipated to observe many Western allies in opposing the brand new development.
“That is an irresponsible step,” Yair Lapid, head of Israel’s Yesh Atid Get together, mentioned, warning that the brand new settlements might create early tensions with the brand new U.S. management.
“The Biden administration has not but taken workplace and the federal government is already main us into an pointless confrontation,” he mentioned.
Gantz’s protection ministry is anticipated to approve the settlement plans earlier than Biden’s inauguration subsequent week.
A lot of the worldwide group considers the Israeli settlements within the West Financial institution to be unlawful.