World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is set to give legal status to an unauthorized Jewish settlement outpost in the occupied West Bank in return for the evacuation of another that was established in July, an Israeli newspaper reported Sunday.
According to Haaretz, the Israeli minister promised the Gush Etzion Regional Council to legalize the status of Tekoa V and approve the building of 24 new homes and a new farm if settlers vacate Ramat Hashlosha.
Both Jewish settlement outposts were erected in July in what the Gush Etzion Regional Council had described as a response to the kidnapping and murder of three young Jewish settlers in June.
Haaretz said that at least four settler families had moved into old trailer homes in Tekoa V, prompting protests by local Palestinians demanding their land back.
Under international law, the West Bank and East Jerusalem are territories occupied by Israel and any Jewish settlement building, whether legalized by the Israeli government or not, remains as illegitimate.
Palestinian negotiators link the resumption of stalled peace talks with Israel to a complete freeze of any Jewish settlement building on their occupied land.
Palestinians want all Jewish settlements in the West Bank evacuated under any comprehensive peace agreement with Israel.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Ağustos 2014, 15:14