On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he approved the construction of 800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank.
“We are here to stay,” Netanyahu said in a Facebook post announcing the new construction. “Continuing to build the land of Israel!”
The announcement comes during the final days of the Trump administration and could be a message to Joe Biden. President Trump’s time in office has seen a massive expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied territories.
According to the Israeli NGO Peace Now, plans for over 12,000 settlements were advanced in 2020, the most in a single year since the group started recording in 2012. Israel also went on a demolition spree in 2020, knocking down more than 850 Palestinian structures and displacing over 1,000 people.
President Trump has taken several steps to legitimize Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory. The settlements were considered illegal under international law by the US until the Trump administration reversed the policy in 2019.
While Joe Biden might take a different stance on settlements in the West Bank, it’s not clear if he will reverse any of Trump’s Israel policies. Biden has previously said he would not reverse Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
29 thoughts on “Israel Approves Construction of 800 New Settler Homes in West Bank”
Without Sheldon Adelson’s support Trump would never been President. Adelson from all reports stumped up $100 million on the understanding Pence would appoint the foreign policy team whose first qualification needed to be antipathy towards Iran and subservience to Israel and Netanyahu.
So where is the condemnation of Adelson from the Democrats. Nowhere simply because donors of Biden are exactly the same as Adelson but in different apparel.
Speaking of Sheldon. Good riddance.
I wouldn’t be that cruel. However as a result of my above post Antiwar have put me on the “approval needed” list. I suggest Antiwar fish out news reports of the time Trump was forming his administration if they doubt my word. Or else come out with the objection to my post.
Dead is dead. What I say doesn’t change that and his dying doesn’t change what he was. John McCain still sucks.
Biden is hoping this gets done before he has to pretend to object
It would be better if both sides were allowed to build.
So if a squatter shows up in your front yard with a load of plywood, he should be allowed to build his shack next to your house?
I was speaking about the West Bank.Both sides have very close historical and moral ties to the same territory. Both sides think that the other guy should die, be killed or expelled,or leave. Both sides can rationally lay land claims-there are some things which can be shared, others not so. Letting in a few million enemies is suicidal;letting some man build another story on his house is reasonable. Sharing some things is better than kill or be killed. There is argument for the sake of argument. , and then there is real life, where things are more grey.
“I was speaking about the West Bank.”
So was I. The Israeli regime has illegally militarily occupied the West Bank for more than half a century. If the Israeli regime wants to rule the West Bank, it should simply announce that all the West Bank’s residents are now entitled to full Israeli citizenship and full civil rights. Otherwise, or if that offer is rejected, it should get the hell out.
The West Bank Palestinians could have declared independence in 1948. Instead, they asked for union with Jordan so when Jordanians attacked Israel it was also the Palestinians attacking Israel. The Israeli army had to go into the West Bank to silence the guns. That’s how the occupation began.
Unlike other occupiers (China, Russia, Turkey, Morocco) Israel offered to end the occupation in return for a peace treaty. Israel is still waiting.
The occupation is necessary to prevent Palestinian terrorists from murdering Jews. If Palestinians were willing to live in peace with Israelis, the occupation wouldn’t be necessary. If Israel were to end the occupation of the West Bank today, Palestinian terrorists would fire rockets & mortars from the West Bank just as Palestinian terrorists fired rockets & mortars from Gaza after Israel pulled out of Gaza.
Was the French occupation of Germany after world war 2 illegal?
Did the Nazis have the right to resist the occupation? Of course not because the Nazis were the aggressors. Aggressors have no right to resist occupation. Palestinians have no right to resist occupation because Palestinians were the aggressors. Even in those cases where the occupied do have the right to resist, they NEVER have the right to target innocent civilians.
“Even in those cases where the occupied do have the right to resist, they NEVER have the right to target innocent civilians.”
And the same is true of the occupiers.
Jordan foolishly threw the West Bank away by initiating offensive actions during the 1967 war. They also had evicted the Jewish residents of old Jerusalem in 1948-start a war,loose a war,out of luck. Since the reality is that west bank residents are not going to become citizens of Israel,nor is Israel going to give up the West Bank, it is my contention that they can still be treated better than in the past.
Or if neither side bulldozed existing homes. Of course only one side is doing that.
Bulldozing homes is wrong. The Palestinians obliterated Jewish settlements during 1947-1948, and evicted the ancient Jewish population of old Jerusalem. The Palestinians are now paying the price for what other Arabs (and Europeans) did to their Jewish neighbor in many countries. We must understand the past, then go forward.
“Bulldozing homes is wrong”
And then you tell me why they’re right.
If a home is being used as a terrorist nest, the bulldoze away!!! You are bulldoze obsessed.
There is plenty of reason for hate on both sides. All I tried to say is that it is perfectly fine with me if Israelis build homes, but west bank Arabs should also be allowed to build. Is that toooo complicated for you? I am trying to be positive, and you just want to say Israelis are bad-pointless,infantile.
Bulldoze obsessed? Is that how you reply when you have nothing to refute what I said? Oh wait, now they are “terrorist nests”. Couldn’t stick with the “bulldozing is wrong” since it’s only the Israeli’s doing the bulldozing so it’s off to the old tried and true “terrorist” claim.
You just want to argue and vent. I offered a solution that would benefit both parties..
I just pointed out a fact. You should have stopped at “Bulldozing is wrong”. If the Palestinians were bulldozing Jewish homes I would be speaking out about them. If Iran had assassinated an Israeli nuclear scientist I would have spoken out about them.
No, you should have controlled your tendency to get little jibes in. They add nothing to the conversation at hand-i.e. building on the West bank, and serve your own psychological needs.
And you should control your tendency to say stupid shit such as saying both sides should be able to build in the West Bank. And speaking out about bulldozing peoples homes isn’t getting “little jibes in”. But I wouldn’t expect anything different from an Israeli firster like yourself.
The infant stomps his feet again. Both sides need homes,let both sides build.
And the idiot opens his mouth again. One side IS building and one side is getting their homes demolished. Since you don’t seem to have actually read the article, here:
“According to the Israeli NGO Peace Now, plans for over 12,000 settlements were advanced in 2020, the most in a single year since the group started recording in 2012. Israel also went on a demolition spree in 2020, knocking down more than 850 Palestinian structures and displacing over 1,000 people.”
Bearing in mind Wikipedia is heavily edit in favour of Israel perhaps to understand history you should read….
“Around 700,000 Palestinian Arabs fled or were expelled from their homes in the area that became Israel, and they became Palestinian refugees in what they refer to as Al-Nakba (“the catastrophe”). In the three years following the war, about 700,000 Jews emigrated to Israel. Around 260,000 Jews moved to Israel from the Arab world during and immediately after the war.”
Your allegations of Wikipedia bias should be substantiated, rather than assumed.
Notice that according to you only “Arabs fled or were expelled”, while Jews “emigrated or moved”. More bias. Arabs forced out, Jews happily dancing to Israel
I have figures that apx 380,000 Jews were driven out at the time of the war. In 1956, Egypt evicted officially evicted 75000 Jews.When you take into consideration people forced to leave because of increasingly hostile environments over the next 20 years, it comes to +800,000,
Main point, plenty of pain all around-Israel exists and would be crazy to let in millions of hostiles. How can things gradually be made a bit better for people.
Netanyahu not only openly rejects the New Testament but along with Pompeo ignores the commands of the Old, you know the ones that say thou shalt not covet, steal, kill etc. etc.
Why should he even be expected to concern himself with the New Testament, unless if it for intellectual curiosity? your comment is not relevant .
It’s dangerous to build in restricted areas e.g. near chemical plants & nuclear facilities which increase the probability of cancer. Building codes make buildings safer. Buildings that don’t follow code could catch on fire or collapse killing or injuring the residents. Israel, like every other country, demolishes buildings that are a hazard.
Houses are being demolished right here in the USA. Are we committing war crimes or is it only a war crime when Israel demolishes a building?
“Neighborhood service officers, or inspectors, are in charge of looking for code violations around Decatur. They will use a checklist to determine if a building could be dangerous and unsafe. If it is determined to be in a condition that is unfit for human habitation, it will be added to the demolition list…”
It certainly would be refreshing to see Washington take a more “Human Rights” centered policy towards Israel and the occupied Territories.
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