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Weekend Reads Israeli colonization: Netanyahu enjoys the Trump presidency to the end

15:22  20 january  2021
15:22  20 january  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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On the eve of the inauguration of new US President Joe Biden, Benjamin Netanyahu has wanted to legalize settlements in the Palestinian territories, reports the Israeli press. His government has also issued tenders for the construction of more than 2,500 housing units in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

From our correspondent in Jerusalem, Sami Boukhelifa

Benyamin Netanayhu knows perfectly well the position of the future American president: Joe Biden is "opposed to colonization". So, no way to waste a second. Until the end, the Israeli Prime Minister wanted to profit from the presidency of his great friend and ally Donald Trump.

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50% increase in colonization

During his mandate, the Israeli authorities had carte blanche. More than 450,000 settlers live in the occupied West Bank today. Their number has increased by 50% during the last ten years with a real boom during the presidency of Donald Trump.

According to the Israeli movement Peace Now , which reveals these new tenders, Benjamin Netanyahu is trying "to expand the settlements as much as possible [...] before the change of administration in Washington".

,780 housing units announced last week

Peace Now interprets these new announcements "as a signal" sent by Israel to the future American president: "there is no intention to resolve the conflict with the Palestinians." Already last week Benyamin Netanyahu announced the construction of 780 housing units in settlements in the occupied West Bank.

See also: 2020, a record year for colonization in the West Bank

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