Recent settlement plans aim at isolating east Jerusalem

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Khalil al-Tafakji, expert of settlement affairs, said that Israeli recent settlement plans aim at isolating east Jerusalem from the West Bank and annexing it to Israel in order not to become the capital of the projected Palestinian State.

Those plans come within the Israeli government’s series of procedures to build 54,000 new housing units in Occupied Jerusalem by 2020, he added.

In his talk to the PIC reporter, Tafakji pointed out that the building project of 770 units in Gilo Settlement along with what is being done in the settlements of Ramot, Ramat Shlomo and Givat Zeev are projects pre-planned in 2012 and 2013.

The Israeli government approved on Thursday the construction of two towers in Pisgat Ze’ev settlement in northern Occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli municipality had earlier submitted another project of establishing 2500 new housing units extending from Gilo settlement to the tunnels area over Beit Jala and Bethlehem lands to the south of Occupied Jerusalem.