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Israel is set to approve the construction of 3,988 new illegal settler units in the West Bank, the Israeli Civil Administration announced in a statement on 6 May.
Israeli Interior Minister Ayalet Shaked said via Twitter that the Defense Ministry’s Higher Planning Council, in charge of authorizing the building of settlements, will meet next week to approve the project, referring to it as a “basic, required and obvious thing.”
According to the construction plan, 32 units will be built in Nokdim settlement, 16 units in Maale Adumim settlement, 286 units in Kedumim settlement, 90 units in Dolev settlement, 170 units in Immanuel settlement, 110 units in Mevo Horon settlement, 192 units in Shaarei Tikva settlement, 500 units in Elkana settlement, and 56 units in Nagohot settlement.
Another 2,536 settler units will also be built in various settlements across the West Bank. Once approved, this will be Israel’s biggest settlement project since President Biden took office, and comes in the weeks leading up to his visit to Israel scheduled for June.
Israel has continued to press on with its plans to build illegal settlements in complete disregard for international law.
On 17 January, an Israeli committee in the Jerusalem municipality approved plans for the construction of 1,465 new settler housing units in occupied East Jerusalem.
On 23 March, yet more plans were revealed: the construction of 10 new Jewish settlements in the Negev desert.
The announcement of the new settler units come just days after Palestinian resistance movement Hamas claimed responsibility for Operation Elad, a stabbing attack which occurred against Israeli settlers in the Elad settlement of eastern Tel Aviv on 4 May.
The operation left at least three dead and five wounded during a celebration of Israel’s so-called Independence Day.
According to the Hamas statement, Operation Elad was in retaliation for the escalation of violence and provocations against Islamic and Christian holy sites in occupied Jerusalem.