Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced approvalÂ for the building of 2,500 colonialist units in the West Bank, next week, and another 1,400 to follow.
The planning procedures will be distributed in more than 30 illegal colonies throughout the West Bank, as follows: Ariel (400), Maâ€™ale Adumim (460), Kiryat Arba (15), Avnei Hefetz (130), Talmon (180), Kfar Etzion (160) and Halamish/Neve Tzuf (60).
“We will promote building in all of Judea and Samaria, from the north to south, in small communities and in large ones,” Lieberman wrote on Twitter.
Israel settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank hinders a peace process, as the Palestinians want the West Bank to be part of their future state.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.