Israel approves 800 West Bank settler homes in final days of Trump

SourceThe Independent
SectorReal Estate
CountryMiddle east

Israel on Monday announced plans for 800 Jewish settler homes in the occupied West Bank, potentially risking the ire of incoming President-elect Joe Biden.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered construction plans in the final days of the pro-settlement Trump administration.Mr Biden, who takes office on January 20, has been critical of Israel’s settlement policies in the past, with the announcement by Israel today reportedly an attempt to solidify expansion plans before his inauguration.“Israel’s government’s steady and systematic process of expanding settlements, legalizing outposts, seizing land, is eroding in my view the prospect of a two-state solution,” Mr Biden previously told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in 2016.Palestinians condemned the building of the homes as illegal. Executive Director of Human Rights Watch (HWR) Kenneth Roth, tweeted: “Israel's latest challenge, Netanyahu to Biden: Here are 800 new war-crime settler homes. What are you going to do about them.”Mr Netanyahu's office said about 800 homes would be built in the settlements of Beit El and Givat Zeev, north of Jerusalem, and in Tal Menashe, Rehelim, Shavei Shomron, Barkan and Karnei Shomron in the northern West Bank. It gave no starting date for construction."It is an attempt to race against time and benefit more...