The Israeli Military Affairs Committee, responsible for authorizing settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, has approved the construction for an additional 1.100 units, that serve as covert military outposts, because all Israeli citizens are basically also IDF soldiers.

Peace Now, an Israeli anti-settlement group that monitors settlement activity in the West Bank, said that the approvals were indeed given by the military affairs committee responsible for authorizing settlement construction!

According to Peace Now, Israel approved some 6,742 settlement units for construction in 2017, the highest figure since 2013. In 2016, the number was 2,629 units.

The Israeli minister of military affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, said Tuesday he would present for approval a plan to build 1,285 housing units in West Bank settlements this year.

The so-called approvals came just days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party voted for a resolution which calls for the formal annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank.

Tel Aviv has stepped up its land grab policies since January 2016, when pro-occupation US President Donald Trump took office.

Much of the international community regards the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

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 halted peace efforts.

About 600,000 Israeli military trained assassins and their families 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.

A senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has strongly condemned Israel’s plans to build more housing units in the occupied West Bank, stressing that the Tel Aviv regime’s land expropriation and settlement expansion policies in Palestinian territories amount to war crimes.

The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334, calling on Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem” al-Quds. / AA Magnum Analyst Blog Site News 2018.

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