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Netanyahu approves new West Bank settlement on Palestine #LandDay

Peyton David  The Badger Herald Peyton David The Badger Herald
Eleena Tovar | 12 Abril, 2017, 18:50

The White House appeared more accommodating to Israel's plans for the new settlement, intended for some 40 families evicted from Amona, a West Bank outpost razed in February because it was built on private Palestinian land.

Netanyahu's announcement Thursday was terse and straight to the point: "The Political-Security Cabinet unanimously approved this evening the establishment of a new settlement for the evacuees of Amona, in the Shilo Valley region".

The decision was made because of the "hostile resolutions adopted a few days ago by the UN's Human Rights Council", part of the foreign ministry's statement said.

This is the first time in over 20 years that Israeli government has chose to establish a new West Bank settlement.

Media reports said that during talks now underway with the United States, Netanyahu made the USA aware of the situation and of the fact that for him it would be impossible not to keep his promise.(ANSAmed).

Agriculture minister Uri Ariel also welcomed the announcement, saying it would allow the "development of Judaea and Samaria", using a term right-wing Israelis apply to the West Bank.

But establishing a new settlement may be a way for Netanyahu to appease far-right members of his coalition government who are likely to object to any concessions to U.S. demands for restraints on building.

The Prime Minister's Office said that any future construction would be limited to existing settlement boundaries or adjacent to them.

Construction in Har Homa neighborhood in East Jerusalem. The "Amman Declaration" asserted the Arabs adherence to a two-state solution, which may be hindered by the constant attempts of Israel to expand in building new settlements within the Palestinian territories.

A senior Palestinian official said Palestinian policy now was to maintain relations and avoid confrontation over the issue with the Trump administration before president Mahmoud Abbas visits the White House in April.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet has approved construction of a new settlement in Biblical Judea and Samaria after the country's Supreme Court ordered the demolition of another settlement.

A team of Israeli officials, led by Israel's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, met last week with Jason Greenblatt, Trump's special representative for worldwide negotiations, to find a solution.

The United States, which has been a consistent supporter of Israel in every matter, now threatens to do the same and even withdraw from the UN rights council.

No agreement has been made but Netanyahu reportedly took the step himself to address Trump's concerns about increased settlement construction, which he last month called "not helpful" to peace efforts.

An anonymous White House official told The Times of Israel on Thursday that Trump just wanted the settlements not to get any bigger.