Israel approves over 8000 new West Bank Housing units

Posted June 13, 2017

Israel has certainly been imperfect over the years, but at the conflict's core lies the Palestinian leadership's continued refusal to accept the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish state and unwillingness to confront the substantive issues at the heart of the dispute.

Against UN Resolutions and peace efforts, Israel has approved the construction of the largest illegal settlement in the West Bank in 25 years.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation advanced a bill on Sunday that would cut tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority (PA) over stipends paid by the Palestinian leadership to security prisoners and their families.

The Israeli media have been celebrating the "reunification".

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According to the bill, seven percent of the PA budget, largely funded by American and European aid, is directed by Palestinian legislation to pay salaries and fund benefits to Palestinian terrorists imprisoned in Israel (during their imprisonment and even after their release) and to allowances for Palestinian families whose relatives have been killed or injured while perpetrating terrorist attacks.

Bennett reminded the naysayers that while they may disagree with his conclusion, most Israelis do not. Many Palestinian neighborhoods have suffered neglect and underfunding.

The houses are in a number of settlements across the West Bank.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) published a classified ad on its website today offering a project management position located in "Jerusalem, the State of Palestine".

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Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Israeli forces detained three minors from Shu'fat refugee camp for allegedly throwing rocks at soldiers.

They also carried banners reading "Peace with Palestine, Not War with Iran", "50 Years of Occupation; Time to Free Palestine", "Free, Free Palestine", and "Stop Israeli War Crimes, End US Tax Dollars for Israel".

Cliff Savren is a former Clevelander who covers the Middle East for the Cleveland Jewish News from Ra'anana, Israel.

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