Hebrew media revealed that the Israel Supreme Council for Planning and Building of the Israeli Civil Administration approved the construction of 3000 settlement units in the occupied West Bank.
The units will be built in most of the settlements in the West Bank, such as Pnei Kedem, and Netiv Ha’avot. Other plans, expected to be advanced, aimed at expanding Ma’aleh Amos, Nokdim, Elon Moreh, and Kfar Tapuach settlements.
The newly-adopted plans aimed also at expanding the settlements of Ma’ale Adumin (1,100 units), Kochav Yaakov near Ramallah (630 units), Giv’at Ze’ev (485 units), Ma’ale Amos (485 units) and Elazar (430 units).
This came despite multiple condemnations raised by International forums regards the Israeli announcement of further settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Earlier in February, a joint statement by foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States condemned the Israeli announcement of further settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The European Powers’ condemnation was followed by another one by Latin American countries. Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico condemned the Israeli advance plans for the construction of 10,000 new settlements.
Under international law, settlement activities are illegal. Moreover, most states and international parties have long recognized that Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.
However, the Israeli far-right new government has settlement expansion at the top of its priorities. More settlement projects have been announced since the start of 2023.