US, Israel move to prevent UN ‘blacklist’ over settlements

US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the podium at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem al-Quds on May 23, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The administration of US President Donald Trump is working with Israel to make sure that a UN blacklist about illegal settlers in the West Bank is not made public.

Dozens of major Israeli companies are expected to appear on the list.

"We will do everything we can to ensure that this list does not see the light of day," said the regime’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon.

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In March, the Human Rights Council ordered the compilation of a database of companies that operate in Israel's settlements.

About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

The continued expansion of Israeli settlements is one of the major obstacles to the establishment of peace in the Middle East.

The international community has repeatedly warned that those settlers would have no place in a future Palestinian state and Israel should evacuate them.

Hailed as a “great friend to the Jewish people” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Trump has mended ties with Israel that had gone sour under former President Barrack Obama.

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