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Israel points tenders for two,500 new settler properties: Watchdog

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Peace Now mentioned PM Netanyahu pronounces settler properties in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem as he faces elections in March.Israel has issued tenders for two,500 new settler properties within the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, a watchdog mentioned on Wednesday, on the eve of Joe Biden’s swearing-in as US president.
On Sunday, Israel authorized 780 new settler properties within the West Bank forward of March elections, by which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is predicted to face a fierce problem from right-wing and pro-settler candidate Gideon Saar.
Peace Now mentioned the federal government had now revealed tenders for an extra 2,112 models within the occupied West Bank and 460 in occupied East Jerusalem, the japanese a part of town annexed by Israel however which the Palestinian Authority hopes to make the capital of a future state.
The watchdog accused the federal government of a “mad scramble to promote as much settlement activity as possible until the last minutes before the change of the administration in Washington”.
“By doing so, Netanyahu is signalling to the incoming president that he has no intention of giving the new chapter in US-Israel relations even one day of grace, nor serious thought to how to plausibly resolve our conflict with the Palestinians,” it mentioned in an announcement.
Palestinian demonstrators put together to launch balloons throughout a protest in opposition to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s go to, near the Israeli settlement of Psagot within the Israeli-occupied West Bank final November [File: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters]The spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the choice to construct new settlement models and mentioned the Israeli authorities is racing in opposition to time to get rid of what stays of any risk of a two-state answer.
“The continuation of Netanyahu’s government with its settlement policy and theft of Palestinian land – with the support and bias of the current US administration – will not bring security and stability,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh mentioned in an announcement.
All Jewish settlements within the West Bank are considered unlawful underneath worldwide legislation and by a lot of the worldwide group.
But the Trump administration, breaking with many years of US coverage, declared in late 2019 that Washington not thought of settlements as being in breach of worldwide legislation.
Biden has indicated that his administration will restore Washington’s pre-Trump coverage of opposing settlement enlargement.
But on Tuesday, his nominee for secretary of state mentioned the incoming administration won’t reverse Trump’s landmark recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“The only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish, democratic state and to give the Palestinians a state to which they are entitled is through the so-called two-state solution,” Antony Blinken mentioned.

Electioneering
Beyond the change in Washington, DC, consultants say Netanyahu additionally has home political causes for pushing settlement enlargement.
Electioneering is intensifying forward of Israel’s March 23 polls, by which Netanyahu is predicted to face a problem from right-wing candidate Gideon Saar, a defector from the prime minister’s right-wing Likud social gathering.
Saar, a outstanding pro-settler voice, break up with Likud late final yr to problem Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister.
Israel has occupied the West Bank for the reason that 1967 Six-Day War and has more and more expanded the dimensions and variety of settlements there, notably underneath Netanyahu’s management since 2009.
There are at present some 450,000 Jewish settlers living within the occupied West Bank amid an estimated 2.eight million Palestinians.
In occupied East Jerusalem, some 200,000 Jewish settlers stay on Palestinian land in 12 settlements.
Governments worldwide largely see settlements as an impediment to a two-state answer to the Israeli-Palestinian battle.

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