Israel to advance plans for 1,303 Palestinian homes in the West Bank
The civil administration is expected to push forward plans for 1,303 Palestinian homes in Area C of the West Bank on Monday morning, but only 170 are likely to be approved.
This is the first breakthrough in Palestinian housing projects since Prime Minister Naftali Bennett took office in May and is part of a series of gestures his government has made towards Palestinians. But of the planned number, only 170 housing units in Khirbet Abdallah Younas near Jenin, or 13%, are expected to receive final approval.
Other plans underway include 270 houses in the village of Al-Ma’assara in the Bethlehem area, 233 houses in Almasqufa in the Tulkarem area and 200 in Dkeika in the southern Hebron hills.
In addition, the council will discuss plans in the Jenin area for 160 houses in Abba a-Sharqiya and 270 in Bir al-basha.
The advancement of Palestinian construction by the council reflects only a fraction of the housing construction needed.
Right-wing politicians and settler leaders have opposed the advance of Palestinian homes in Area C, which is under Israeli military and civilian rule. They argued that Area C should be part of sovereign Israel and that Palestinian housing in this area helps ensure that the territory becomes part of a future Palestinian state.
The international community, which believes that the construction of settlements in Area C prevents its inclusion within the borders of a future Palestinian state, has condemned Israeli settlement plans.
European Union spokesman Peter Stano said on Friday that âthe settlements are illegal under international law and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting peace. and comprehensive between the parties.
âThe European Union has always made it clear that it is firmly opposed to settlement expansion and that it will not recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parts.
“We renew our call on the Israeli government to reverse these measures which are totally incompatible with efforts to reduce tensions and ensure calm, stop the construction of settlements and focus on pursuing a meaningful re-engagement between the parties, advancing confidence-building measures and improving the living conditions of ordinary people, which are urgently needed, âStano said.