Palestinians demand sanctions against Israel over new settlement

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On Thursday night, Israeli security cabinet unanimously approved the establishment of the new settlement to house settlers evacuated from the illegal outpost of Amona.

"He condemns all unilateral actions that, like the present one, threaten peace and undermine the two-state solution", the spokesman added.

"The Secretary-General has consistently stressed that there is no Plan B for Israelis and Palestinians to live together in peace and security", said Haq.

The settlement noted also that settlement activities are illegal under worldwide law and present an obstacle to peace.

Oded Revivi, chief foreign envoy of the Yesha Council, an umbrella group representing Israel's more than 120 West Bank settlements, welcomed the new settlement. Despite authorising the new construction, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also told his cabinet that henceforth, any further building would take place only within the boundaries of the current settlements.

Israeli settlers have built on West Bank land they say is not under private ownership or for which no owner had come forward with land deeds, Newsweek reports.

But right-wing Israeli leaders have been emboldened by the far less critical stance of US President Donal Trump.

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The former U.S. administration of Barack Obama was deeply opposed to Israel's expansion of the settlements and in December withheld its veto from a UN Security Council resolution condemning the policy. Netanyahu reportedly expressed reservations about the proposal, particularly an official moratorium on construction outside the major settlements, mainly because of anticipated opposition from within his right-wing government.

Palestinian officials have condemned the move.

If the plan for the new settlement goes ahead, it would contradict a request by President Donald Trump in February for Israel to "hold back" on settlements until an understanding is reached between the two governments on the issue.

Such settlements, in territory that Israel captured in 1967, are deemed illegal by global law. "Israel will strive to follow the administration's wishes, and in return the US will neither condemn nor approve construction, whether inside or outside the settlement blocs". For years, Israeli settlements cropped up all around that land.

Israeli settlers block the road during the evacuation of the settlement.

"The way in which this has both limitations and achievements for the settlers allows Netanyahu to avoid overreach in terms of having Trump serve as the pretext for avoiding annexation", Zalzberg said, "and at the same time not being labeled as Leftist by the settlers".

The Arab region has become a crisis-ridden area demanding frequent interaction and consultations among regional states so as to harmonise their policies and adopt a common stand at world fora especially the United Nations. While Israel stopped establishing new settlements in the early 1990s, after the 1993 Oslo Accords were signed, some outposts constructed since then have been given retroactive approval, and existing settlements have expanded their geographical parameters. President Donald Trump's special representative for worldwide negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, has been meeting with both sides over the past three weeks.