APN / Peace Now In the News - February 25-27, 2020

The Jerusalem Post: "Bennett advances 1,800 new settler homes, says won’t give land to Arabs" (February 27, 2020)

Peace Now said of the plans, “The caretaker government, without a public and moral mandate, sets facts on the ground for a small and extreme minority, against the will of the majority. In the battle over the settler right-wing vote, Bennett and Netanyahu are dragging Israel to invest in thousands of harmful and unnecessary settlement units. This is how a cynical and irresponsible leadership that is willing to abandon the Israeli interest for its political survival behaves."

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San Francisco Chronicle (AP): "Watchdog: Israel moves ahead with hundreds of settler homes" (February 27, 2020)

Israel is moving forward on plans to build more than 1,700 homes for settlers in the West Bank, the settlement watchdog Peace Now said Thursday.

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The Times of Israel: "UN slams ‘worrying’ Israeli plans to build in West Bank, East Jerusalem" (February 26, 2020)

The Peace Now settlement watchdog reported that Defense Ministry officials met with planners last week to prepare an outline for a new road for Palestinians that would go around E1 and Ma’aleh Adumim and allow Israel to annex the area.

“The only roads Israel paved for Palestinians in its 52 years of control over the Territories were designed to allow Israel to build settlements or barriers that block existing Palestinian routes,” Peace Now said, blasting the road plan.

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Jerusalem Post: "Peace Now: Tender issued for 1,077 homes in Givat Hamatos" (February 25, 2020)

Peace now warned that the settlement would “sever” the territorial contiguity of a Palestinian Jerusalem-Bethlehem metropolitan area.

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New York Times (AP): "Netanyahu Plans Settlement in Contentious West Bank Area" (February 25, 2020)

Israeli activist group Peace Now said in a statement that settlement construction in E1 “means that Israel is officially choosing to perpetuate the conflict instead of resolving it.”

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The Jerusalem Post: "Netanyahu: Mapping process has begun, sovereignty to follow" (February 25, 2020)

Netanyahu has pushed forward the project to help cement Israel’s hold on a united Jerusalem. Peace Now has warned that it would “sever” the territorial contiguity of a Palestinian Jerusalem-Bethlehem metropolitan area.

“Construction in Givat Hamatos is a serious blow to the two-state solution,” Peace Now said. “This is the last point enabling territorial continuity between Bethlehem and east Jerusalem.”

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