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Israeli cabinet approves new settlement, first in 2 decades

Israeli cabinet approves new settlement, first in 2 decades

He said it will be built near Shiloh, close to the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank.

Palestinians and the United Nations have slammed Israel's approval of the first officially sanctioned new settlement in the occupied West Bank for over two decades.

"I made a promise that we would establish a new settlement", Netanyahu told reporters.

The Palestinians quickly condemned the decision.

Israel says settlements along with other issues like security should be resolved in peace talks.

Emboldened by Trump's election victory, Israel approved thousands of new settler homes in existing settlements in the first month of the new USA administration. "He condemns all unilateral actions that, like the present one, threaten peace and undermine the two-state solution", Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.The move - considered illegal under global law - was adopted less than a week after the United Nations asked Israel for not taking any steps to halt settlement building on occupied Palestinian territory, as demanded by the Security Council in a resolution passed in December.

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Establishing a new settlement could be a way for Netanyahu to appease far-right members of his coalition government who are would be likely to object to any concessions to USA demands for restraints on building.

Gaza, (Alresalah.ps)- Israeli cabinet has unanimously voted in favor of construction of the regime's first new settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories in 25 years, drawing strong condemnation from Palestinians.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had pledged to accommodate Jewish families evicted in February from an outpost ruled to have been illegally built on private Palestinian land. About 400,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank which is also home to 2.8 million Palestinians.

Trump, who had been widely seen in Israel as sympathetic toward settlements, appeared to surprise Netanyahu during a White House visit last month when he urged him to "hold back on settlements for a little bit".

Israel argues most settlements would be included within Israel as part of any future peace deal in exchange for giving Palestinians land of equal quality and quantity. Israel cites biblical, historical and political links to the land, as well as security interests, to defend its actions.


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