Israel dismisses warning from US, European allies over settlements

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Israeli Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Israel has dismissed warnings from the US and its European allies regarding its illegal settlement activity in the West Bank, the Jerusalem Post reported. اضافة اعلان

Despite joint condemnation from the US, Germany, France, Italy, and the UK, Israeli forces’ Higher Planning Council for Judea and Samaria has advanced plans for new West Bank settler housing units, for what is expected to be a total package of 10,000 new units.

The joint statement issued by the five countries stated that such steps "only serve to exacerbate tensions between Israelis and Palestinians and undermine efforts to achieve a negotiated two-state solution."

The US State Department has also expressed its collective displeasure over settlement activity, while the Palestinian Authority has called on the Security Council to take action.

The rising tension between the US and Israel over settlement activity also comes as the Palestinian Authority has made another push for the Security Council to condemn Israel.

Long ignoredIsrael has ignored international condemnations, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government viewing settlement activity as a response to rising terror attacks.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich has dismissed international condemnation, stating that Israel's hold on its ancestral land and the development of settlements there is "worthy of praise".  Israeli Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir has also called for further settlement activity, saying that "nine settlements is nice but it's still not enough. We want much more."

Despite the Israel’s pursuit of settlement activity, Labor Party head MK Merav Michaeli warned against ignoring the US and other Israeli allies.

"Netanyahu and the frightful messianic coalition are creating a future for us that is a nightmare of bloody and never-ending conflict," she said.

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