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PA: Building 3,500 new settlement units puts the region at risk

February 26, 2020 at 12:05 pm

An Israeli settlement in the West Bank on 19 November 2019 [Mosab Shawer/Apaimages]

The Palestinian Authority (PA) yesterday condemned an Israeli decision to build 3,500 new settlement units in E1 area, stressing this would undermine security in the region, Al Watan Voice reported.

According to Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the official spokesman of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, this decision comes in the context of the Israeli policies aiming to destabilise the region.

Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the construction of 3,500 new settlement units in area E1, which lies between occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. This is in addition to 46,000 new settlement units which will be built in the occupied West Bank.

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“I instructed the ministry’s planning teams to prepare plans to expand communities in Judea and Samaria [occupied West Bank],” Minister of Construction and Housing Yifat Shasha Biton said in statements. “We currently have plans to build 46,000 housing units,” he added.

He continued: “This number will increase three times after the implementation of the deal of the century.”

Abu Rudeineh said: “These decisions came as a result of the American policies biased with Israel,” stressing that these policies led to “dangerous violations of the international law.”

He also said that these decisions challenge the statement of the UN Security Council which were issued on Monday which stated that settlements undermine the two-state solution.

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