Israel to build thousands of new settlement housing units in West Bank

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AMMAN — The Israeli government has informed the Biden administration of its intention to announce the construction and planning of thousands of new housing units in the settlements in the occupied West Bank later this month, according to officials from both Israel and the US, as reported by Axios.اضافة اعلان

Concerns for the two-state solution
The Biden administration has consistently expressed strong opposition to new construction in Israeli settlements, viewing them as detrimental to the prospects of a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This stance reflects the international community's widespread belief that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law.

Details of the planned announcement
The upcoming announcement is expected to include the unveiling of at least 4,000 housing units across several existing West Bank settlements, revealed a source familiar with the matter.

The Israeli civil administration planning and zoning committee is set to convene by the end of June to approve these new settlement plans, according to an Israeli official.

Israeli and US officials have confirmed that the Biden administration is urging the Israeli government to either halt or minimize the settlement announcement.

The White House National Security Council spokesperson directed Axios to the Israeli government for comment and stressed that advancing settlements obstructs peace and the realization of a two-state solution.

A spokesperson from the State Department emphasized the need for all parties to uphold their commitments to avoid actions that undermine the prospects for a two-state solution.

Despite requests for comment, the Israeli Prime Minister's Office has not responded to inquiries regarding this matter.

Settlement plan postponed due to diplomatic pressure
The Israeli government has faced criticism from some of its supporters due to its decision to delay a scheduled meeting concerning the E1 settlement plan in the West Bank.

The E1 area, located between Jerusalem and the Maale Adumim settlement, is diplomatically sensitive.

Constructing an Israeli settlement in this region would impede Palestinian territorial contiguity between the northern and southern parts of the West Bank, making it considerably more challenging to establish a Palestinian state in the future. The decision to postpone the E1 plan was a result of pressure from the Biden administration and several European countries.

In response to criticism over the delay of the E1 plan, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich told the Israeli public during a press conference on Monday that there will be significant news concerning the West Bank settlements in the near future.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Palestinian Authority has called for a firm American stance regarding Israel’s intention to construct thousands of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank.

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