Israel is secretly pushing ahead with plans to build thousands of homes in an area of the occupied West Bank that could seriously harm any hopes of a two-state solution, according to a report from an Israeli NGO.
The bill, proposed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and approved by a committee of ministers, also dealt a new setback to already strained relations with the European Union, which funds a variety of nonprofit groups.
APN urges the Obama administration to reiterate, strenuously, its objection to settlements in these locations – and anywhere else in the West Bank and East Jerusalem – and seek assurances from the government of Israel that it has no intention of building there.
In 2013, faced with worldwide pressure, Netanyahu vetoed construction of some 1,200 homes there but Peace Now said the housing ministry had hired architects to prepare fresh blueprints.
“Why do you try to change us from within?”
Meanwhile, a Palestinian wounded at the Gaza border in clashes with the Israeli army last week died early Monday from his injuries, the Gaza health ministry said. An initial inquiry suggests an additional soldier was injured as a result of the fire directed towards the attackers, ‘ the military said in a statement.
The attacks are the latest in three months of unrelenting violence. Since a wave of unrest swept the occupied Palestinian territory at the beginning of October 2015, Israel has routinely held the bodies of Palestinians it alleges were attempting to attack Israelis when they were killed.
WAFA correspondent said Israeli forces handed an order to demolish the family house of Mohammad ‘Abdul-Baset al-Hroub, who is detained and accused of perpetrating an attack that led to the killing of two Israeli settlers and injuring at least nine others on November 19 in the Gush Etzion area. Palestinians say the violence stems from frustration over almost five decades of Israeli military rule.
Peace Now is an Israeli organization that actively campaigns for a two-state agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
Information for this article was contributed by Josef Federman and staff members of The Associated Press.
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