In a bold move to mark the beginning of President Donald Trump’s term, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the planning and construction of approximately 2,500 new housing units in the occupied West Bank, according to Haaretz.
One of the last major events of the former President Barack Obama’s presidency was the United Nations resolution condemning settlements in purported Palestinian territories, a vote from which the United States abstained.
This move might be interpreted by some a slap in the face of the Obama presidency, but regardless, Trump is set to be a much closer president to Israel than Obama ever was.
Netanyahu summed Israeli sentiment up for the upcoming term:
“I reached an agreement with the defense minister to construct 2,500 housing units in Judea and Samaria,” he wrote on Facebook. “We are building — and will continue to build.”
The planning and construction has come under fire by the Yesha Council of settlements, who believe that only a few hundred of the roughly 2,500 units will actually be constructed, and that the few hundred will not meet demand.
“The American government has changed and Israel’s policies also need to change. The Israeli government needs to approve all the plans currently on the table and issue bids to build in all of Judea and Samaria, Shomron and the Jordan Valley,” they said in a statement according to Haaretz.
Hopefully, even more than 2,500 units get built in the West Bank. Israel is there to stay.
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