The Israeli Ministry of Defense is âworking on a plan to legalize 70 unauthorized outposts in occupied Palestinian West Bank,â the Jerusalem PostÂ has revealed, according to Days of Palestine.
Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan reportedly discussed the plan in a Jewish Home faction meeting at the Knesset, earlier this week, âa video of which was leaked toÂ Channel 2 News.â
âDuring his briefing to party colleagues, Ben-Dahan said that a ministerial team of four or five people had been established six months ago to identify outposts that could be legalized and to rank them by how difficult such legalization would be.â
The paper additionally reported that âthe deputy minister said that approximately 70 such outposts had been identified, noting that some of them could be legalized relatively easily.â
âOutpostsâ refer to Israeli settlements established in the occupied Palestinian territory without official authorisation, albeit often with the aid of various state agencies.
All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.