UN’s Mideast envoy Serry slams Israeli PM’s plan to expand Beit El settlement

File photo shows the illegal Ulpana outpost adjacent to the Beit El Jewish settlement near the Palestinian West Bank city of Ramallah.

File photo shows the illegal Ulpana outpost adjacent to the Beit El Jewish settlement near the Palestinian West Bank city of Ramallah.
The United Nations Middle East envoy Robert Serry says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to expand Beit El Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank is “deeply troubling.”

“The latest announcements for adding 300 [residential] units in Beit El, [which is] deep inside the West Bank, are deeply troubling,” The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process said on Thursday.

Serry reiterated that it is “the international community’s view that all settlement construction whether on private Palestinian land or elsewhere in occupied Palestinian territory is contrary to international law.”

Netanyahu ordered the construction of 300 new residential units on Wednesday after the Israeli parliament rejected a bill to legalize settlement outposts.

All settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are considered illegal under international law. The outposts are also illegal under Israeli law.

Last year, an Israeli Supreme Court ruled that five buildings which are home to 30 families at Ulpana were built entirely on private Palestinian land and must be demolished.

Netanyahu ordered the transfer of the buildings at Ulpana to a nearby former army base in another part of Beit El and the construction next to them of 300 new housing units to placate settlers.

“Beit El will be expanded, the 30 families will remain in Beit El, and 300 new families will join them,” he said.

Israel continues its settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories despite condemnation from the international community.


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Netanyahu’s Likud on it’s website: “The Jordan River as a Permanent Border”
The Jordan Valley and the territories that dominate it shall be under Israeli sovereignty. The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel. The Kingdom of Jordan is a desirable partner in the permanent status arrangement between Israel and the Palestinians in matters that will be agreed upon.


The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.
Source: Likud platform

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Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 (updated Dec 3, 2011: 85.000) new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

  • 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
  • 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
  • 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

  • 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
  • 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
  • 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Besides this, Israel approved plans to ethnic cleanse 57.000 bedouin from Palestine

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