Israel Passes Controversial Law on West Bank Settlements

 Israel Passes Controversial Law on West Bank Settlements

Israel has passed a controversial law retroactively legalising 3,800 settler homes built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
Under the law the original Palestinian landowners will be financially compensated or given alternative land.
New US President Donald Trump has taken a softer stance on Israeli settlement activity than his predecessor, Barack Obama, who was a vocal critic.
The new law comes amid an escalation in settlement activity in recent weeks.
Emboldened by what it sees as a more sympathetic US administration, Israel has advanced plans for thousands of new homes in settlements.
More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem – land the Palestinians claim for a future state. The settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.
Palestinians say the new legislation negates peace and their chances of creating a state. However, its passage could be largely symbolic. Already Israel’s attorney general has said the law is unconstitutional and that he will not defend it in the Supreme Court.


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