News from Peace Now's (Israel) Settlement Watch:
On July 6, 2016 the High Planning Committee of the Civil Administration convened in order to discuss and approve
construction plans in the settlements. The committee discussed the approval of 531 housing units in Ma'ale Adumim
and the plan to retroactively legalize the illegal outpost of Horesh Yaron, which is located west of Ramallah.
Since the beginning of 2016 construction plans for 1,823 housing units in the settlements were promoted. out of the
1,823, 314 are retroactive plans for housing units which were built illegally. It is important to note that the
Quartet Report's criticism on Israel's settlement policy focused specifically on retroactive legalization of
illegal outposts and illegal construction.
Additionally, yesterday, July 10 2016, the government approved a transfer approximately 50 Million Shekels to Kiryat Arba and Hebron.
Peace Now: The promotion of plans in Ma'ale Adumim and the retroactive legalization of an illegal outpost are a slap in the face of the Quartet. Netanyahu is signaling to Israel's most important allies that he is not interested in peace and two states but rather in the continuation of the occupation.