The Israeli military’s Civil Affairs Administration’s High Planning Council, which is responsible for Jewish settlements in the West Bank, has approved the construction of new housing in settlements deemed illegal under international law.
The council approved the construction of approximately 5,700 new housing units, including the retroactive legalization of 3 illegal settlements, which are considered illegal even under Israeli law.
According to the decision, it finally approved the construction of 818 new residences in the illegal settlements of Elkana, Revava, Givat Ze’ev, Carmel and Harmeş.
In addition, 4,915 new residences are located in Eli, Palgei Maim, HaYovel, Nof Harim, Ariel, Givat Ze’ev, Ma’ale Adumim, Beitar Illit, Adora, Etz Efraim, Ma’ale Amos and Asfar settlements, some of which are illegal settlements. “assurance approval” was given for
Approving 7,349 residences about 4 months ago, Israel broke a record this year in its decisions to increase settlements in the occupied West Bank, which is against international law, by giving approval for a total of more than 13 thousand residences in less than six months.
“The Israeli government is running towards an annexation coup”
The Israeli non-governmental organization Peace Now, which has started to systematically record the progress in settlement plans since 2012, emphasized that 2023 is the highest year recorded in terms of the number of approved housing, after the last decision.
In the written statement made by the movement, it was reminded that the High Planning Council decided to build 4 thousand 427 new residences in 2022.
“The approval of more than 13,000 homes in the first half of this year alone, including about 5,700 residences, shows that the Israeli government is rushing towards an annexation coup, and Israel’s government is in a hurry to annex the West Bank,” the statement said. It makes it clear that it has turned the world into an apartheid state.” statements were included.
700,000 Jewish settlers live in approximately 300 illegal and illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are considered illegal under international law.