Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Moshe Ya’alon has promised to give home to the settlers of an illegal outpost in the West Bank.
Ya’alon notified the Regional Council Gush Etzion in south of al-Quds (Jerusalem) of the decision to grant legal status to the unauthorized outpost, approve 24 new homes and a new farm if the outpost settlers evacuate the area.
Gush Etzion is a cluster of Israeli settlements in the Judaean Mountains south of al-Quds and Bethlehem in the West Bank.
In mid-June, Israeli NGO B’Tselem said in a report that more than 200 illegal settlements have been constructed across the occupied West Bank since 1967 accommodating over 300,000 Israelis.
The reports added that tens of thousands of hectares of land have been so far seized from the Palestinians for the Israeli settlements.
Israeli media outlets on June 5 cited an announcement by the Tel Aviv regime’s housing ministry regarding the release of new tenders for 1,500 new settlement units in a number of settlements on the Palestinian land.
Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and the besieged Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.
The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.
The illegal settlements have been built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.
By Press TV
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