Egypt con­demns bill to ap­prove set­tle­ments

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

JERUSALEM (AP): EGYPT HAS con­demned an Is­raeli bill that, if adopted, would le­galise set­tle­ments built with­out gov­ern­ment per­mis­sion in the West Bank – ter­ri­tory Pales­tini­ans claim as part of their fu­ture state.

For­eign Min­istry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid ex­pressed Egypt’s “deep con­cern” yes­ter­day over the bill, which needs to pass sev­eral stages to be adopted.

It was pro­moted by the pro-set­tler Jewish Home party, in part to stop the evac­u­a­tion of Amona, an out­post that Is­rael’s Supreme Court ruled was built on pri­vate Pales­tinian land and or­dered de­mol­ished by De­cem­ber 25. Amona’s fate could desta­bilise Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu’s hard-line coali­tion.

Is­rael cap­tured the West Bank in the 1967 war and built set­tle­ments there soon af­ter. The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity widely views Is­raeli con­struc­tion there as ob­sta­cles to Pales­tinian state­hood.

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