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Jordan raps new Israeli cabinet over approving new West Bank settlements projects

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file picture shows construction work for new housing units in the illegal Israeli settlement of Elkana in the occupied West Bank. (Photo by Israel Hayom)

Jordan has condemned a decision of Israel’s new administration led by prime minister Naftali Bennett to advance plans for 31 construction projects in several illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank.

Daifallah al-Fayez, the spokesman of Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, slammed Israel’s so-called Civil Administration over giving the green light to the projects, including the building of a mall in the Mishor Adumim industrial zone of the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, a school in Elkana settlement, as well as synagogues and Jewish seminaries in Karnei Shomron and Kfar Adumim.

Fayez condemned the approval as “in violation of the international law and Security Council resolutions.”

The Jordanian diplomat stressed that the Tel Aviv regime’s settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories, together with its policies of land expropriation and displacement of local Palestinians, are illegal and undermine efforts meant to restore calmness and achieve a comprehensive and just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the so-called two-state solution.

Bennett’s new administration was sworn in earlier this month, ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s record 12-year run as Israel’s prime minister. The Knesset (parliament) approved the new cabinet on June 13 after four inconclusive elections in two years.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds. All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law as they are built on occupied land. The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.

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