Israel Justice Minister: Judea-Samaria Bill Expected to Pass Monday
- Author: Adam Floyd Feb 07, 2017,
Feb 07, 2017, 0:47
The bill would legalize about 4,000 homes in unauthorized outposts across the West Bank - many consisting of little more than rusting mobile homes hastily towed to the sites - that were built on land privately owned by Palestinians.
The bill would retroactively legalize several thousand homes built illegally on private Palestinian land.
The bill would apply to 53 other outposts and homes within existing settlements recognised by Israel built on Palestinian land, according to Peace Now.
The parliamentary session ahead of the final readings began on Monday afternoon but was adjourned a short while later after all opposition members withdrew their reservations.
The American Jewish Committee said it was "deeply disappointed" about the bill's passage and called on the Supreme Court to "reverse this misguided legislation".
The White House said last month that Trump emphasized "the deep and abiding" partnership between the two countries and that he "affirmed his unprecedented commitment to Israel's security".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to President Donald Trump during their meeting in NY on September 25, 2016. Israel's defence minister Avigdor Lieberman said the chance of it being scrapped by the country's supreme court was "100 percent". Prime Minister Netanyahu is supportive of the bill but wants to coordinate actions with Washington.More news: European Union leaders say Trump worries them as rhetoric becomes policy
"Nobody should have doubts about the Israeli government's will to destroy any chances for a political solution", Erekat continued, saying that "it is overdue time to stop treating Israel as a state above the law".
Unlike previous USA governments, the current administration had said new settlements would not hinder the peace process in the region.
US President Donald Trump, who has unabashedly supported Israel, said the law "may not be helpful" in US-backed efforts to bring peace to Israel and the Palestinians.
"All of the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people", he told Herzog, using the biblical term that included the West Bank.
"Being in this room was a particularly moving moment for me as the prime minister of Israel", Netanyahu wrote on Facebook as he was "with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, exactly in the place where almost 100 years ago Foreign Secretary Balfour signed the declaration recognizing the right of the Jewish people to a national home in the Land of Israel".
Under the bill, Palestinian owners would be financially compensated by Israel, but could not sell their land. "I am not bothered by this", Netanyahu said.