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Palestinian Authority: All Israeli settlements illegal

Mona Kandil 
Press TV, Ramallah

Palestinian leadership slammed the Israeli regime’s approval of an outpost in the Jordan valley near the city of Jericho in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinians stress that there’s nothing called authorized settlements and unofficial outposts, because all Israeli settlements and outposts in the occupied Palestinian territories are illegal.

PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said the international community should immediately intervene to stop the Israeli madness aimed at destroying all the foundations of the political process.

On Sunday Netanyahu held a special meeting of his cabinet in the Jordan valley specifically in the outpost of Mevo'ot Yeriho.

Mevo'ot Yeriho was first established in 1999.

Outposts are settlements built by settlers without official permits from the Israeli authorities. Israel usually retroactively approves these outposts that are constructed on Palestinian private lands seized by force.

Netanyahu, who is running the electoral race as head of Likud party list, had in recent days promised to impose Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The UN said the move would be devastating to regional peace and the very essence of a two-state solution.

All Israeli settlements and outposts are illegal, and under international law would be dismantled to allow the establishment of a viable Palestinian state on conjoined lands. Observers warn that if Netanyahu wins another term, he will do his best to make this impossible on all levels.

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