Thursday, 23 February, 2017

Israel legalises settler homes on private Palestinian land

MANDEL NGAN The Times of Israel: Netanyahu heads to UK seeking a 'united front' against IranPM
Nathaniel Diaz | 07 February, 2017, 01:19

Up until now, Netanyahu had every reason to believe that his agenda to colonize Palestinian land would meet with unhesitating approval from the Trump administration, whose core team on Israel-senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump's designee to lead global negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and Trump's nominee to be ambassador to Israel David Friedman-are all staunch backers of Israeli settlements.

The American Jewish Committee said it was "deeply disappointed" about the bill's passage and called on the Supreme Court to "reverse this misguided legislation". "Fifty years late, the Regulation Bill will come up tomorrow and pass in the Knesset in order to give them this normalcy", said a statement from the Jewish Home party.

"The bill has been deemed unconstitutional by the Attorney General of Israel and is in contravention of global law".

Meanwhile, Haaretz reported that Netanyahu is meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London today, seeking to a joint stance against Iran. Detractors see the legislation as justification for ongoing land theft on the West Bank.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supports the legislation and has told his constituents that no government had done more for the settlers. "By giving a green light to settlers to build illegally on private Palestinian land, the legalization law is another step towards annexation and away from a two-state solution".

Since Trump's swearing-in, settler leaders and Bennett's Jewish home party have been pushing Netanyahu, who is seen as weakened by a slew of police investigations, to push forward with building.

On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was unable to make the vote due to a delay in his return flight from an official trip to the United Kingdom, rejected reports that he had been been seeking to delay the final vote until after he meets with new US President Donald Trump on February 15.

"Israeli officials driving settlement policy should know that the Trump administration can not shield them from the scrutiny of the International Criminal Court, where the prosecutor continues to examine unlawful Israeli settlement activity".

According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, "the American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years", presumably referencing the historically bipartisan U.S. support for UN Security Council Resolution 242, which established the "land-for-peace" paradigm undergirding all Arab-Israeli negotiations since 1967. "I am not bothered by this", Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu noted that this bill would be approved but he first wanted to discuss the issue with Trump before it.

Netanyahu had pledged to finalise the bill last week, but it was delayed over technicalities.

The issue of Israeli settlement building has been thrust into the foreground since the passage of a United Nations security council resolution in December, supported by the outgoing Obama administration, which condemned settlements as a "flagrant violation" of global law and an obstacle to peace.

Cabinet minister Ofir Akunis said during a debate ahead of the vote: "We are voting tonight on the connection between the Jewish people and its land". But coalition chairman David Bitan told the Times of Israel the vote would "definitely" take place on Monday.

Ahead of the vote, opposition chief and Labour leader Isaac Herzog lashed out against the "despicable law" that he said would undermine the country's Jewish majority.

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