Israel Approves Construction of New Homes in the West Bank
Israel has approved the construction of more than 2,000 new homes in the settlements in the occupied West Bank. This puts an end to a construction freeze of eight months.
The approval to build more than 2,000 new homes in the settlements in the occupied West Bank comes one month after relations between Israel and two Gulf states return to normal.
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed normalization agreements with Israel in Washington on September 15, making them the first Arab countries to recognize Israel after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994).
As part of normalization, Israel committed to suspending its plan to annex parts of the West Bank.
Almost half a million Israelis live in settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied by Israel. The colonies are in violation of international law and an obstacle to the two-state solution with a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel.
The administration of US President Donald Trump decided in November 2019 that the colonies do not violate international law.