Days of Palestine

Friday, March 24

Israel Occupation To Legalize Dozens of Existing West Bank Israeli Settlements

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An Israeli newspaper confirmed that the right-wing occupation government led by Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to proceed with the “legitimization” of existing Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, which are not yet recognized by the Israeli law.

In a report prepared by Hanan Greenwood, Israel Hayom stated: “The government is poised to vote on a series of measures aimed at retroactively approving dozens of unauthorized outposts in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) at the cost of several billions of shekels.”

Israel Hayom added that the agreement stipulates: “A ministerial forum headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to be formed within 30 days of the government being sworn in and that within sixty days, the cabinet will have to pass a resolution to have those communities get official recognition, launching an 18-month process that would culminate in them being connected to the electricity grid and water infrastructure, as well as other essential services and security.”

The newspaper reported that the Minister for the Development of the Periphery, the Negev and the Galilee Yitzhak Wasserlauf would raise three issues with the government, beginning with a settlement, which is advancing a development plan that includes linking to critical networks, raising the level of infrastructure and constructing public buildings, as well as establishing a department for young settlements in his ministry in the near future.

Israel Hayom also noted that the minister toured some settlements in the occupied southern Hebron Hills, which are part of the young settlements, along with Head of the Regional Council in Mount Hebron Yochai Dimri. During the tour, Wasserlauf announced that he intends to work as soon as possible to fix the fact that the minimum living conditions are not being met in these settlements.