The Zionist regime’s cabinet has approved the construction of 350 new settler units in the occupied West Bank irrespective of an international outcry against the Tel Aviv regime’s settlement expansion policies in Palestinian lands.
According to Press TV, the units will be built at Netiv Ha’avot settlement, which is located south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Addressing the cabinet ahead of its weekly meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and other senior authorities for their efforts in earmarking the funds, which required corresponding cuts to various offices.
“The residents of Netiv Ha’avot have been waiting a long time for this,” Netanyahu said.
Some of the allocated money will also go toward building a temporary neighborhood for the 15 families whose homes are slated for demolition until permanent homes are built for them nearby.
Praising the cabinet decision, Gush Etzion Regional Council Chairman, Shlomo Ne’eman, called it “a tremendous achievement for the Zionist enterprise in Judea and Samaria,” referring to the West Bank by its biblical names.
New research by a left-wing Israeli NGO shows that over 40 percent of the graves in the West Bank settlements have been dug on privately owned Palestinian land.
The comprehensive study claims that some 600 graves, situated in or near 10 settlements, are dug on Palestinian land, including land that has been expropriated for public use or taken by Israel for what it describes as security needs.
The research was undertaken by Dror Etkes from Kerem Navot, a nongovernmental organization concerned with Israeli settlement policies.
In his cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu also warned ministers against promoting a massive expansion of the settlement where slain Israeli rabbi, Itamar Ben-Gal, lived, arguing that doing so would anger the administration of US President Donald Trump.
Netanyahu was responding to requests made on behalf of Ben-Gal’s widow, Miriam, who called for the construction of 800 homes in the northern West Bank settlement of Har Bracha in response to a recent attack that killed her husband.
“It is forbidden to advance a disproportionate amount of construction in a way that will break our understandings with the Trump administration,” Netanyahu said, according to a senior official.
However, the prime minister made clear that he was still interested in promoting a construction project in the settlement and instructed his chief of staff to look into the matter.