Israel's Attorney General's Office approved a controversial bill that will enable illegal Israeli outposts, based in the occupied West Bank, to be connected to the electricity grid.
According to the Deputy Attorney General Carmit Yulis, outposts built on land declared "state-owned" by Israel will be connected to the power grid, excluding those built on private Palestinian land, Haaretz reported.
Yulis also stated that equal consideration must be given to Palestinian communities, meaning that those in Area C, would also be connected.
However, political sources indicated that the number of Palestinian villages connected to the grid would be smaller compared to the number of illegal outposts.
Israeli Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar welcomed the move on Twitter: "I welcome the opinion of Deputy Attorney General Adv. Carmit Yulis, which in principle allows the connection of homes in the young settlements to electricity."
מברך על חוות הדעת של המשנה ליועצת המשפטית לממשלה (אזרחי) עו״ד כרמית יולס המאפשרת עקרונית חיבור ישובים בהתישבות הצעירה בעלי אופק הסדרה לחשמל. מדובר במהלך חשוב כלפי אזרחי ישראל בהתישבות הצעירה ואני מקווה שהמהלך המלא יושלם תוך פרק זמן סביר לאחר שממשלות ישראל בעבר נמנעו מלטפל בנושא.
— Gideon Sa'ar | גדעון סער (@gidonsaar) April 12, 2022
He added: "This is an important move for the citizens of Israel in the young settlements, and I hope that the full move will be completed within a reasonable period of time after Israeli governments in the past refrained from addressing the issue."
The outposts approved to be connected to power have what the Israeli government considers a "regulatory horizon," meaning that they can be made legal, reported Haaretz.
There are over 700,000 illegal Israeli settlers living in colonial settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa. All settlements are illegal under international law. So-called settlement "outposts" are illegal under both international and Israeli law.