Renewed push to annex West Bank settlement

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The municipal jurisdiction of Ma’ale Adumim, the settlement in question, is as large as Tel Aviv and includes the highly contentious E1 area. If E1 were annexed that would cut the north of the West Bank off from its south, very seriously affected the contiguity of any future Palestinian state. The proponents of the bill say they may be willing to exclude E1 from the present bill to help secure its passage.

After Trump-Netanyahu meeting: new push to annex West Bank settlement – Jonathan Lis – Haaretz 02.03.17
Bill calls for applying Israeli law to Ma’ale Adumim, a West Bank settlement east of Jerusalem.

And see:

The Ma’ale Adumim bill: a reckless step towards full annexation – Peace Now 22.01.17
Includes map.

West Bank home of Israeli lawmaker who championed land-grab law built illegally – Yotam Berger – Haaretz 01.03.17
A number of houses in the settlement of Kedumim, including MK Bezalel Smotrich’s, were built illegally, outside declared state lands and in breach of the settlement’s master plan. Smotrich did not mention his personal interest when campaigning for the land-grab law.

Settlers building race track inside IDF live-fire training zone – Edo Konrad – +972 Magazine 27.02.17
The Israeli army says it ordered work stopped, but settler officials are singing a different – and defiant – tune. Several Palestinian communities in the same firing zone have been displaced by the military in recent years.

Israel deepens its control of land in the West Bank February 22, 2017

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