Israel's Netanyahu repeats promise to build new West Bank settlement

Israel's Netanyahu repeats promise to build new West Bank settlement

Greenblatt arrived in the region earlier this week for a days-long visit, during which he met with Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah II. "This is another expression of the discriminatory policies of Netanyahu", Peretz said on Facebook on Friday.

"Of course, this will help Israel after a period of many years during which we were not involved in such processes".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly made headway on Thursday on a US-Israel agreement concerning Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria in a second discussion with President Donald Trump's senior advisor on Israel, Jason Greenblatt.

Netanyahu said that he will insist on building a new settlement for the residents of the illegal outpost of Amona, which was evacuated by Israeli authorities in February after the Supreme Court found it was constructed unlawfully on private Palestinian lands.

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The Yesha Council, the main Israeli settler organization, said it was believed to be the highest level official meeting ever for the organization with a US administration. According to the statement, the two sides discussed construction in the settlements "in the hope of working out an approach that is consistent with the goal of advancing peace and security".

The settlements are built in the West Bank and East Jerusalem - seized by Israel in a 1967 war and occupied for almost 50 years - where Palestinians want to establish their state and capital.

The meeting, scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Jerusalem, would be the second between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump's special adviser for worldwide negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, in a week. However, Israel disagrees with Palestine, citing historical and political links to the land, as well as security interests. Some 385,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank which is also home to 2.8 million Palestinians. "I'm looking at two-state and one-state..."

One of the criticisms Palestinians have made of Trump is that he is too pro-Israel, especially with his promise during the campaign to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and his soft-pedalling on Israeli settlement-building.

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