The IsraeliÂ Planning and Construction Committee, on Sunday, announced that Israel intends to build thousands of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, now that Donald Trump has been elected to the United States presidential office, saying that the settlement project was âfrozen for years, for fear of angering Obama.â
Israel intends to approve the construction of 1,400 new homes in Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish settlement neighborhood in East Jerusalem that lies beyond the so-called âGreen Line,â Israelâs Channel Two News reported on Sunday, according to the PNN.
Before his election, Trump stated that he supported settlement expansion, and that he will move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, making it âthe undivided capital of Israel.â
After the election, Israeli minister of education Naftali Bennett said it was âan opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the countryâ, and that it signaled that the âera of a Palestinian state is over.â
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According to i24 news,Â Jason Greenblatt, an executive at the Trump Organization and an adviser on Israel to Trump, said that âMr Trump does not view the settlements as an obstacle for peace. I think he would show Gaza as proof of that.â
âThe two sides are going to have to decide what to do with that region, but itâs certainly not Mr Trumpâs view that settlement activity should be condemned and that it is an obstacle for peace,â Greenblatt said during the interview.
Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are illegal in international law.
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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.
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