WEST BANK (Dispatches) – The Zionist regime has advanced plans for 780 new settler units in the occupied West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace Now said.
Peace Now, which tracks settlement construction in the occupied territory, said Sunday that the regime has approved "plans to build 780 housing units in settlements, most of them deep in the West Bank.”
The Israeli rights group said the move puts the Zionist regime "on a collision course” with the incoming U.S. administration.
"Not only will this settlement activity erode the possibility for a conflict-ending resolution with the Palestinians in the long-term, but in the short-term it needlessly sets Israel on a collision course with the incoming Biden administration”, the group said.
Right-wing Zionist prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu had last week directed regime authorities to approve construction of the illegal units in occupied Palestinian territories.
That came less than two weeks before President Donald Trump’s pro-settler administration was due to leave office.
All settlements in the West Bank are regarded as illegal by much of the international community.
But Trump’s administration, breaking with decades of U.S. policy, declared in 2019 that Washington no longer considered settlements as being in breach of international law.
More than 600,000 Zionists live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.
The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate strongly condemned the regime’s plan for the construction of 780 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank.
The ministry’s spokesman Dhaifullah al-Fayez said in a statement on Sunday that the move marks a flagrant and grave violation of the international law and resolutions, most notably the UN Security Council Resolution 2334.
The European Union also urged the regime to halt its settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.
"Israel’s latest decision to advance plans for the approval and construction of almost 800 new settlement units in the West Bank is contrary to international law and further undermines the prospects of a viable two-state solution,” the European Commission’s spokesperson on foreign affairs said in a statement.
The statement also called on the regime "to suspend the ongoing bidding process for the construction of new housing units for an entirely new settlement in Givat Hamatos”.
Palestinians want the West Bank as part of their future independent state with East al-Quds as its capital.