Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, warned on Thursday that it cannot
stand idle as Israel continues its settlement activities in the West
Bank and Jerusalem, adding that the new approval of a settlement
construction in the Jordan Valley aims at creating realities imposed by

Hamas issued a press release revealing that the Israeli Minister of Defense, Amir Peretz, approved the construction of a new settlement in the Jordan Valley and considered the Israeli decision as a serious escalation and violation.

The new settlement plan is intended to provide houses for settlers who wee evacuated from the Gaza Strip last year.
Hamas called for halting all talks with the Israeli side and said that the Israeli decision to construct the new settlement came two hours after a meeting between the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and Israel’s Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert.

The movement said that this decision shows the “real Israeli intensions to annex more Palestinian lands in order to construct and expand settlements in the occupied West Bank”.

Hamas called on all Palestinian factions to unite their efforts in order to create a united front that is capable of confronting the Israeli annexation plans, and the challenges that the Palestinian people face under the Israeli occupation.