Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank

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Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Photo: Reuters)

Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Photo: Reuters)

Haaretz reports on a massive expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank which reporters Chaim Levinson and Barak Ravid describe as “unprecedented” in recent years. Peace Now Director Yair Oppenheimer says the new tenders reveal Israel’s intention in the occupied territories, regardless of whatever negotiations are taking place.

Oppenheimer:

The [peace] talks are only for show. Behind the scenes, the government plans to destroy all chance of the two-state solution and flood the area with new settlements. The issue of the tenders is unequivocal evidence of Netanyahu’s intention of sabotaging the chances for an agreement.

The new tenders originally included over a thousand units in the E1 area which would connect Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem to the large settlement Ma’ale Adumim, effectively cutting the West Bank in half. President Obama has said that Israeli expansion in E1 “would be very difficult to square with a two-state solution,” and Netanyahu ordered a freeze on the E1 tenders after they were issued, apparently wanting to avoid even more confrontation with the U.S.

More from Haaretz:

The Housing Ministry has issued a tender to hire an architect to plan the construction of 1,200 housing units in the E1 area, which links Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim in the West Bank, as part of a larger wave of tenders to construct some 20,000 housing units in the West Bank at a cost of NIS 45 million.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was updated on the plan earlier Tuesday and shortly afterward ordered to freeze all construction plans in the E1 area. Officials in Netanyahu’s office told Housing Minister Uri Ariel that he must immediately halt the tender for selecting an architect to plan the project in E1.

The broader plan of some 20,000 housing units encompasses several urban areas, as well as the Binyamin Regional Council and Gush Etzion. This is an unusually large and unprecedented planning tender in the last decade. The tenders are for planning only – some are skeleton plans, some are in a general urban building scheme and others in a detailed urban building scheme.

Read the entire article here.

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18 Responses

  1. seafoid
    November 12, 2013, 9:48 am

    It will be sad to see the Jewish state put up the shutters and announce a closing down sale with special prices on compulsory school pictures of Herzl.

    • kayq
      November 12, 2013, 10:04 am

      Best comment hahaha.

      Seafoid wins, hands down.

  2. eljay
    November 12, 2013, 10:04 am

    >> Haaretz reports on a massive expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank …

    Waiting for:
    – MY1 to chime in and explain that Israel is a victim in all of this and why can’t we all just get along?!;
    – Mike_Konrad to tell everyone that although he’s not saying he approves of it, it’s the reality and if people don’t like it Israel will nuke ’em;
    – hophmi to accuse everyone of anti-Semitism; and
    – perfesser fnlevit to complain that his comments aren’t passing moderation.

    • Talkback
      November 12, 2013, 10:49 am

      LOL, I can’t stop laughing.

    • amigo
      November 12, 2013, 11:08 am

      “Waiting for:
      – MY1 to chime in and explain that Israel is a victim in all of this and why can’t we all just get along?!;”Eljay.

      or maybe give us a link to kind and Gentle Israeli Jews feeding A-rabs lined up to get on trains.

    • bintbiba
      November 12, 2013, 11:19 am

      heh heh heh …….love it!!!!!!!! , eljay.

    • MahaneYehude1
      November 12, 2013, 11:30 am

      @eljay:

      ” Haaretz reports on a massive expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank …”

      Waiting for:
      – Annie to chime in and say it is ethnic cleansing!
      – talknic to cite UN resolution 242!
      – Amigo to count the number of the houses and claim that each one is war crime.
      – eljay to repeat supremacist, expansionist, racist state…
      – MY1 to say countless of time that the settlements are obstacle for peace and he thinks Israel should withdrawal from the OT.
      – bintbiba to say heh…love it, Mahane!!!

      • eljay
        November 12, 2013, 5:11 pm

        >> – eljay to repeat supremacist, expansionist, racist state…

        The correct phrase is ‘oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State”.’

      • Talkback
        November 12, 2013, 5:13 pm

        Ok, that was a good one, too!

      • amigo
        November 13, 2013, 6:26 am

        “Amigo to count the number of the houses and claim that each one is war crime.”mehane 1,2 or 3??.

        Why would I have to count.The count is 24,000 illegal squats and each one is a war crime.

        So why not link us to a video showing your beautiful Jewish Israelis feeding refugees before they board the trains sending them to be slaves in some un named African country.

        http://mondoweiss.net/2013/07/refugees-seekers-deported.html

        “- MY1 to say countless of time that the settlements are obstacle for peace and he thinks Israel should withdrawal from the OT.”

        Does that mean ALL occupied territory as in East Jerusalem/WB /Gaza and the Syrian Heights.

        If not your statement is just more Hasbara from the potato merchant.

  3. HarryLaw
    November 12, 2013, 10:08 am

    The silver lining in all of this is that it should have the wonderful effect of concentrating the mind of the Palestinian leadership, they cannot express shock and horror at the plans, Netanyahu said before any peace talks, that no one could stop Israel building houses anywhere in the Land of Israel and gave no commitment to do so during talks. John Kerry said shortly after the talks got underway and 1200 units were announced that “This was to be expected” and for the Palestinian leadership not to be upset, Abbas is committed to the talks and cannot back out now, not until early next year at least, so in the words of many contributors to the Jerusalem Post it’s build,build,build.

    • pabelmont
      November 12, 2013, 11:04 am

      Israel consistently acts as if it either “owns” the OPTs or has an irrevocable option to purchase (price unspecified) those lands. In fact not only does it have neither, but I/L says (independently, and for different reasons) that [1] the settlements are illegal (because the land was taken for an improper purpose) and [2] the settlers are present within the OPTs illegally (because moved there by intention of the occupying state, violating I/L).

      This latest settlement expansion plan is SOOOOOO blatant that it reminds me of a teenager who “acts out” in order to force his parents, who have set limits, to enforce them. Well, Obama and Kerry and France and Germany and UK, where’s the enforcement? I/L already sets the limits. ICJ and UNSC 465 have said so. when will you act like responsible adults (if not exactly parents) of bad-baby Israel?

  4. Justpassingby
    November 12, 2013, 10:14 am

    Israel provoke world again. What a nerve!

    But the west wont do anything.

  5. seafoid
    November 12, 2013, 10:19 am

    Why unprecedented?

    France built homes for white people in Algeria and pulled out sometime later in disgrace.

  6. Kathleen
    November 12, 2013, 10:42 am

    On Netanyahu’s part the “peace talks are only for show” But his twisted intentions are showing loud and clear and millions more people are starting to see. The apartheid state of Israel has become more apparent to many

  7. broadside
    November 12, 2013, 11:03 am

    George C. Marshall, WWII chief of staff and secretary of state under Harry Truman, was vehement in his opposition to the recognition of a Jewish state in Palestine. He was the best friend the Jews ever had. Truman, who ignored Marshall solely –and admittedly — for domestic purposes (re-election), was the worst. And this story says it all. Otherwise known as the endgame. Netanyahu, Lieberman, Bennett; Lieberman, Cantor, Schumer, et al; Lindsay Graham, Mark Kirk; the NY Times, Kristol and Krauthammer…

    The founding of the state Israel was the biggest tragedy to befall the Jews. The tragedy of the Jews has always been they’ve never known who their enemies are. malvernthenovel.com

  8. American
    November 12, 2013, 12:27 pm

    Frustrating but not surprising.
    Israel will not change. They only get worse and worse. Calling on US Jews to go against the US on Iran is just a preview of their increasing insanity.
    The main reason I hang onto this issue now is just waiting to see some sign or reason to hope that someone is going to finally call Israel’s bluffs and pull the plug on Greater Israel.
    I am 99.9999999999999999999% certain that after 65+ years of the world acquiescing to the unreasonable and delusional demands of Israeli Zionism nothing else will ever work on them.

  9. American
    November 13, 2013, 8:25 am

    Amusing…..next month they will change their mind and announce another building plan. What can we add to the description of Israel beside psycopathic?… bi- polar two years olds?….always banging their baby rattler on their high chair so everyone will come running to give baby attention.

    Israeli PM rejects plans to build more settlements

    By Tom Watkins, Michael Schwartz and Kareem Khadder, CNN
    updated 11:01 PM EST, Tue November 12, 2013

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/12/world/meast/israel-west-bank-settlements/

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