Israel Justice Minister: Judea-Samaria Bill Expected to Pass Monday

Jason Dov Greenblatt US President Donald Trump's special representative for international negotiations

The Israeli parliament passed a bill that would retroactively legalize some West Bank settlements built on private Palestinian land.

Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit has described the law as unconstitutional and a breach of global law since it allows expropriation of private land in areas Israel seized in the 1967 Middle East war.

Politicians in Israel's coalition government have been emboldened by Trump's victory, and by the nomination of a strongly pro-settlement USA ambassador.

In a statement late on Wednesday and again in a speech in the West Bank on Thursday, Netanyahu said a new settlement would be built for Amona's families and that a committee would be set up to locate a site.

The law is part of a series of pro-settlement steps taken in recent weeks by Israel's hard-line government, which has been emboldened by the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. Prime Minister Netanyahu is supportive of the bill but wants to coordinate actions with Washington. Israel must be told to abide by global law in its treatment of Palestine and, failing that, to suffer meaningful sanctions.

There has been a sharp acceleration in Israeli settlement expansion plans since Trump took office last month, with more than 6,000 new homes announced in less than a fortnight.

"Fifty years after the United Nations demanded Israeli withdrawal from the territories occupied in the 1967 war and 70 years after the UN voted for the creation of a Palestinian state, the British government must act in support of peace and justice in the Middle East conflict".

The new law will allow Israel to legally seize Palestinian private land on which Israelis built without knowing it was private property or because the state allowed them to do so.

Israel disputes this and cites biblical, historical and political connections to the land, as well as security needs.

During a heated debate ahead of the vote, Israeli cabinet minister Ofir Akunis said: "We are voting tonight on our right to the land".

"This legislation is de-facto annexation", he continued.

Last week, Israel said it would establish the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank since the late 1990s, just hours after Jewish settlers were evicted from an illegal outpost.

The ADL called on the Knesset "to heed the warning" of the attorney general.

In accordance with global law, all Israeli settlements are deemed illegal, but the Israeli regime distinguishes between the ones it sanctions and those it does not, which are referred to as outposts.

Under the bill, Palestinian owners would be financially compensated by Israel, but could not sell their land.

Though passed, the bill could still be challenged.

"The law will be voted upon and it has a majority", Shaked told participants of a cyber-security forum at Tel Aviv University, Arutz Sheva reported.

During the bilateral talks May "reiterated the UK's opposition to settlement activity" and said Britain remains committed to a two-state solution "as the best way to bring stability and peace to the region", her spokeswoman said.



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