Israel approves another 1,200 settlement units around Jerusalem

The Guardian reports: Israel has given the green light for the fast-track development of a further 1,200 settlement units around Jerusalem. It brings the total number of new approvals to 5,500 in just over a week, the largest wave of proposed expansion in recent memory.

The latest plan, which would see almost 1,000 new apartments built over Jerusalem’s green line in Gilo, comes as the Israeli media is reporting mounting pressure on the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to drop his commitment to a two-state solution from his platform for re-election in January.

The agreement for the Gilo development is only the latest in wave of settlement approvals in Jerusalem agreed by the country’s interior ministry and Jerusalem municipality’s planning committees before Christmas.

That included proposals, which attracted international criticism, to develop the controversial E1 block to the east of Jerusalem.

Although Netanyahu, who leads a coalition with the ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman, is still expected to win the most seats in the 22 January vote, a new poll suggests he has been losing ground since Lieberman was indicted on anti-trust charges this month and forced to step down as foreign minister.

A poll conducted by Dialog gives 35 of parliament’s 120 seats to Netanyahu’s Likud-Beiteinu list, down from 39 in the previous Dialog survey. The centrist Labor party polled second, with 17 seats.

The poll shows a continued surge by the rightwing Jewish Home party. Its leader, Naftali Bennett, stirred up a storm last week by saying he would resist evacuating settlements if ordered to do so as a reserves soldier.

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2 thoughts on “Israel approves another 1,200 settlement units around Jerusalem

  1. Norman

    Well now “O”, what have you to say about this? Probably nothing, as you’re back in D.C. playing KABUKI over the so-called fiscal cliff. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the world is going to hell faster than you can imagine. The war mongers/war machine builders want more $$$$ to keep their game going, so the “O” & Congress will try to give them what they want by eliminated the social benefits of the working class. After all, the credit card is wearing out, and that war beast needs all the $$$$ it can get, because it knows no bounds. I wonder if there is anyone left that isn’t corrupt, or has the cancer got them all?

  2. DE Teodoru

    This other story about approval of a JEWISH university in West Bank by Barak– a man who knows no bounds to his political whoriness at election time– despite the opposition of almost all Israeli academics,

    may well, together with the above article, make the case that America has no business supporting the seeming “JEWISH EMPIRE” in the Middle East, despite its spurious claim to be “America’s greatest ally,” though it claimed neutrality during our life and death Cold War struggle against the USSR.

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