Israeli Affairs

Israeli pledge to settlers to approve settlement construction

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked tells Yesha Council agreement reached in coalition talks between Yamina and Defense Minister Gantz will see zoning committee meet every three months to approve new construction.

Jerusalem24 – It was revealed last night that the new Israeli government pledged to settlers to maintain the issuance of building permits for settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Jordan Valley, every 3 months.

According to the website of the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, this agreement was mainly between the settlers’ leadership and the former Israeli government led by Benjamin Netanyahu. The website stated that the right-wing Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked confirmed in talks with settlement leaders recently that there is an agreement within the new government, especially with Defense Minister Benny Gantz, in order to preserve this agreement related to the issuance of building permits for settlements.

Early last week. Shaked said an agreement on maintaining the status quo in place under the previous government was reached in coalition talks between Yamina and Defense Minister Benny Gantz so that the Civil Administration’s Higher Zoning Committee will meet every three months to approve new construction, council members who attended the meeting told Israel Hayom.

According to a Yesha Council statement following the meeting, council Chairman David Alhayani told Shaked: “I trust you and really hope this will be a good government for the settlement movement. I wish you and all your ministry staff success.” He said councilmembers, “see you as a very good address in the government for all the issues related to our local authorities and residents. I hope that the subject of construction permits will be quickly resolved for the future of the region.”

According to the Yesha Council statement, issues relating to the development and promotion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and the Jordan Valley were discussed in the meeting.


Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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