United Nations criticizes Israel for approving new West Bank settlement

Tomas Mccoy
April 3, 2017

Palestinian officials have condemned the move and called on the global community to intervene.

Jordan on Saturday condemned Israel's plan to build a new settlement in the West Bank, saying the move further undermines peace efforts, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

The new colony will be built to accommodate Jewish settlers evacuated from the illegal (even under Israel law) settlement of Amona in February after a court order was issued.

Palestinians, the United Nations, and Israeli activists lambasted the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Friday, a day after it gave the go-ahead for the first new West Bank settlement in 25 years.

The European Union (EU)'stop diplomat, Federica Mogherini, also issued a statement reiterating that, "All settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory... are illegal under worldwide law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible".

In addition, the Israeli step contradicts the Mideast peace process' terms of reference and responsibilities of "the occupying force", he said, noting that the declared move also threatens the two-state solution and peace efforts in the region.

"Netanyahu is held captive by the settlers, and chooses his political survival over the interest of the state of Israel", Israeli rights group Peace Now said.

"We send a clear message to the USA administration, the United Nations and to the European Union: Peace is not going to be achieved by tolerating such crimes", he said.

But the Trump administration did say it welcomed Netanyahu's announcement Thursday, after the approval of the new settlement, that Israel will curb construction in West Bank settlements as a goodwill gesture to US President Donald Trump.

The self-imposed restrictions would not apply to the newly-promised community, but would prevent the construction of any new illegal outposts while also limiting future construction to within existing settlement boundaries or adjacent areas, according to the the Prime Minister's Office.

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