Israel Approves More than 1100 New Settler Housing Units in West Bank

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The organization said that calls for tenders have been published on Thursday morning for 651 other units.

Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, lambasted Israel's move and said that it "continues with its plan to bury all the chances of a political settlement".

Trump said in tweets on Tuesday that the U.S. may withhold future aid payments to Palestinians, accusing them of being "no longer willing to talk peace" with Israel.

According to the Settlements Regularization Law [click for English translation of the law], West Bank settlements built on privately-owned Palestinian land would be "legalized" by de facto expropriating the land, planning the settlements, and retroactively authorizing the housing already constructed on the land.

Momani stressed that all Israeli unilateral measures that aim to impose new realities and change the status quo in the Palestinian occupied lands are "null and void" in the eyes of the global law.

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Fierce protests among Palestinians, violent clashes between them and Israeli security forces sparked after Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Israel on December 6.

Locals told Ma'an that clashes erupted at a flying checkpoint set up by Israeli forces west of Iraq Burin, amid a wider crackdown and Israeli closures in the area following a shooting attack earlier in the week that lead to the death of an Israeli settler in the area.

"Helping to resolve the Israeli-Arab conflict in the Middle East has been a priority for me since I took office", he said. She says it "adds more people Israel will need to evict in a peace agreement".

Minister Coveney said he used his meeting with President Abbas to reaffirm Ireland's commitment and support for the two-state solution, "which I believe offers the only prospect for a peaceful and secure future for both Israel and Palestine".

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