Israel approves construction of 296 settler units in West Bank
Iran Press TV
Thu May 9, 2013 7:36AM GMT
The Israeli regime has approved the construction of 296 new illegal settler units in the so-called Beit El settlement in the occupied West Bank, despite international condemnation.
An Israeli official said on Thursday that Tel Aviv had given the green light for the settler units, but this was only the first stage of a process before actual construction could begin.
The official said the new units were part of a compensatory measure for those settlers who were evicted from the illegal Ulpana outpost - which has not been authorized by the Tel Aviv regime - following a court ruling.
Outposts are newer and smaller Israeli settlements and Israel considers those outposts that were built without authorization from the Tel Aviv regime to be illegal.
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
The Thursday announcement to build new settler units comes days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a freeze on tenders for new settler units.
The United Nations also called on the Tel Aviv regime on Wednesday to halt its settlement building.
The Israeli regime maintains a defiant stand on the issue of its illegal settlements on Palestinian land as it refuses to freeze settlement expansion. Tel Aviv has come under repeated and widespread international condemnation over the issue.
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