Israel does not hold back on new settlements in West Bank

  • Matteo Latorraca
  • 4.4.2017 14:37

For the first time in two decades on 28 March, Israel's security cabinet approved the building of a new settlement in the occupied West Bank.  

According to Israeli sources, the new buildings will not trespass on the boundaries of the pre-existing settlements. US President Donald Trump is seen as a supporter of Israeli settlements mainly because he has expressed intentions to restore good relations with Israel. In the past, Obama largely criticised the settlement expansion. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, stated that these new settlements constitute an obstacle to peace. Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official, accused the UN, EU and United States of not doing enough to prevent Israel from expanding settlements in the West bank. On 23 December, The UN Security Council approved Resolution 2334 demanding that Israel halt its construction in Judea, Samaria, and Eastern Jerusalem.  As a response, Israel has cut its contribution to the United Nations by 8 million from its planned commitment of $11.7 million for 2017.

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