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Israel minister proposes partial West Bank annexation

 
 
 
 
 
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Israel’s Economy Minister Naftali Bennett has proposed the annexation of parts of the Palestinian land of the West Bank under Israel’s full military control.

Bennett, who heads the far-right Jewish Home religious party, said on Sunday that he favors “implementation of Israeli sovereignty over the zone where 400,000 (settlers) live and only 70,000 Arabs.”

The hawkish Israeli minister also dismissed the US-brokered talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority as a joke.

The Israeli regime plans to construct more new illegal settler units in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli authorities said earlier this week that they are planning to build the 255 settler units in a village near the city of Ramallah.

The Tel Aviv regime, which had seized the land from Palestinian farmers years ago, has totally destroyed the agriculture and livelihood in the area to prepare the ground for the construction of the settler units.

Much of the international community regards the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are thus subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied land.

On November 29, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to stop the settlement activities on the occupied Palestinian territories, saying, “Settlements are in violation of international law and constitute obstacles to peace.”

On the same day, a report said the Israeli regime has increased the settlement construction by 130 percent so far this year in comparison to last year.

“At least 32,000 settler units have been built since the beginning of 2013, with seven percent of them built in the Jerusalem (al-Quds) settlements,” the Middle East Monitor publication quoted Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics as saying.

According to the report, Israeli Minister of Housing Uri Ariel has said that the illegal construction “will continue to rise at a rapid pace,” adding that the majority of Israeli ministers support it.

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