Ahead of meeting with the US president, the Israeli prime minister, Benyamin Netanyahu has approved the expansion of 2,200 new settlement units in an illegal settlement built on Ramallah land, central West Bank.
The move comes in midst of intense anger. For the past 40 days, about 80 Palestinians have been killed by IOF or settlers under alleged stabbings. About 12 Israeli settlers and soldiers were killed in the wave of violence, some of them in Israeli gunfire for “having Arab features.”
According to Hareetz Israeli newspaper, the units will be completed by 2030 in several illegal settlements, including a settlement called Ma’ale Mikhmas east of Ramallah.
Netanyahu, meanwhile, is currently in Washington, where he is meeting Obama.