Israel has authorised the development of 12,159 illegal settlement items in the occupied West Bank to date this yr, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) stated Saturday.
On Thursday, the Israeli authorities authorised a plan to construct 3,212 new items in the Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank.
“The (Israeli) transfer got here after the signing of normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain underneath U.S. auspices,” the PLO stated in an announcement.
“This is a present of defiance to worldwide legislation and U.N. resolutions and disrespect to the worldwide neighborhood,” it added.
Last month, the UAE and Bahrain agreed to ascertain full diplomatic, cultural and business relations with Israel after signing controversial U.S.-sponsored agreements on Sept. 15 on the White House.
Abu Dhabi and Manama alleged that their offers with Israel halted the Israeli annexation plan, which takes up nearly 30% of the occupied West Bank. However, on a number of events, Israeli officers, together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, confirmed the plan had solely been postponed.
Moreover, Israeli authorities Thursday issued three army orders to confiscate 11,000 dunums (round 2,700 acres) from the occupied Jordan Valley in the West Bank.
The West Bank, together with East Jerusalem, is thought to be occupied territory underneath worldwide legislation, thus making all Jewish settlements there illegal.