Israeli newspaper “Haaretz” revealed, in its Sunday edition, that the Israeli authorities are moving towards approving 5,400 units in settlements established in the West Bank, without referring to their distribution map, despite talk of freezing annexation plans in exchange for normalization with the UAE and Bahrain.
Haaretz stated that there is a tendency to hold formal sessions on the 12th of this month, at the behest of Benjamin Netanyahu, to approve a series of construction plans in Israeli settlements, and to transfer them to the implementation stage.
“Israel Hayom” newspaper had indicated two days ago that more than two thousand housing units within the plan would be in the Haredi settlement “Betar Illit”, 629 housing units in “Aali” settlement, 560 in the “Gilo” settlement in occupied Jerusalem, and 286 housing units. In “Har Barkha” settlement, 181 in “Einaf” settlement, and 120 in “Kedem” settlement.
A source close to Netanyahu recently announced that “the delay in announcing approval of these settlements was related to developments in contacts with countries in the Gulf, but now there is no additional reason to delay the approval of these plans.”
It is noteworthy that plans were approved during a meeting held two weeks ago to implement modifications in the vicinity of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, to enable settlers and Jews with special needs to reach the Haram and perform prayers there, due to the temporal and spatial division imposed by the occupation in the Ibrahimi Mosque since 1994 The sanctuary massacre carried out by the Jewish terrorist Baruch Goldstein.