Bid to le­galise out­posts

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

BETHLEHEM: Is­rael’s par­lia­ment, the Knes­set, is set to ad­vance a “Le­gal­i­sa­tion Bill” this week, af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu in­structed coali­tion chair­man David Bit­ton to ap­prove the leg­is­la­tion, which would see dozens of il­le­gal out­posts in the oc­cu­pied West Bank retroac­tively recog­nised by the Is­raeli gov­ern­ment.

“The law is de­signed to nor­malise the sta­tus of Jewish set­tle­ment in Judea and Sa­maria once and for all and pre­vent re­cur­rent at­tempts to harm the set­tle­ment en­ter­prise,” Ne­tanyahu said, us­ing an Is­raeli term for the oc­cu­pied West Bank. The bill needs to pass two more read­ings be­fore be­com­ing law. Ma’an –

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