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Israel approves 300 news settlement units in West Bank

A general view of a Israeli settlement in the West Bank on 14 April 2016 [Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images]
A general view of an Israeli settlement in the West Bank on 14 April 2016 [Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the Planning Committee to approve 300 new units in the illegal settlement of Dolev in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, Israeli media reported yesterday.

“We will deepen our roots and strike at our enemies,” Netanyahu was reported by Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post as saying.

“We will continue to strengthen and develop settlement in Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank],” he added.

Quds Press said Netanyahu has been unable to stop the Palestinian resistance and so is turning its attention to expanding settlements to attract right-wing voters ahead of next month’s election.

Dolev is an Israeli settlement which was setup to host only five settler families in 1983. It was built on the land of Ibzie, Al-Janiyeh and Ein Qinya in the west of Ramallah.

By 2011, 1,306 settlers lived in the illegal settlement.

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