Israel to confirm 886 new West Bank settlement units


It is expected that Planning Council of the Civil Administration in the Israeli army will today confirm a plan to build 886 new settlement units in the West Bank after it failed last year to approve any new building projects.

According to today’s issue of Haaretz newspaper, a number of these new units will be built in the established settlement of Man’azleh.

It is also expected that the Council will retroactively approve around 180 units built approximately 20 years ago in Efraim settlement without permits, as well as two buildings in Bet El settlement, according to orders recently handed down by the Israeli Supreme Court.

Settlements are illegal under international law and are a controversial point in all attempts at peace negotiations.

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