Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Israel begins construction of colony in West Bank, first in 25 years



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Twitter: "After decades, I have the privilege of being the Prime Minister who builds a new colony in Judea-Samaria."


Israel began construction of a new colony in the West Bank on Tuesday, unprecedented in 25 years in this occupied Palestinian territory, at a time when US emissaries are trying to revive the moribund peace process, precisely because of colonization .

Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina immediately denounced an "attempt to undermine US attempts" and felt that this shows that "Israel does not believe in efforts" to revive the process, AFP said.



For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Twitter: "After decades, I have the privilege of being the Prime Minister who builds a new colony in Judea-Samaria."

Judea-Samaria is the biblical name used by Israeli leaders to designate the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied 50 years ago by the Hebrew army and where more than 400,000 settlers live illegally, according to the international community.

The Amichai colony, the first to be built 25 years ago, is expected to house about 40 families evacuated in February from Amona, a colony called "savage", illegal even under Israeli law.



This announcement comes a day after the arrival of Jason Greenblatt, envoy of US President Donald Trump, who will meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials to try to revive the negotiations interrupted last time in the spring of 2014.

He will be joined on Wednesday by Trump's son-in-law and counselor, Jared Kushner.

Colonial construction, which has been maintained under all Israeli governments since 1967, cuts off the territories over which a Palestinian state would be created or compromises its territorial continuity and hence the viability of that state.


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