Monday, October 30, 2017

Israel to Consult US before Jerusalem Annexation

East Jerusalem settlements
Reports said the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will talk to the United States before moving ahead with a controversial bill to annex settlements built on the Palestinian land in Jerusalem.

Israel delayed a ministerial vote on the proposed bill on Sunday without explanation but an official said that the bill's current version "invites international pressure and involves difficult legal issues," presstv reported.

“We are in touch with the Americans,” Netanyahu said during a cabinet meeting, explaining that the US administration had asked Israel for clarifications about the so-called “Greater Jerusalem bill.”

“The Americans turned to us and inquired what the bill was about. As we have been coordinating with them until now, it is worth talking and coordinating with them. We are working to promote and develop the settlement enterprise,” he said.

If passed, the legislation would annex all the Palestinian territories in the three major mega-settlements of Maale Adumim, Givat Zeev and Gush Etzion, which together house around 150,000 Israelis.

It would add the Israelis who live there to the population of Jerusalem, making them “sub-municipalities” of the occupied city and downgrading the status of three Arab neighborhoods beyond Israel’s separation wall.

Israel lays claim to the entire city of Jerusalem as its capital. The regime is expanding settlements on the parts of the city which the Palestinians want to make the capital of their future independent state.

The highly provocative plan, if implemented, would significantly change Jerusalem's official demographic balance, making it a more "Judaized" city.

Israel also deems the occupied West Bank as “liberated land,” saying its formal annexation is only a matter of time.
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