International protest against construction: Twelve European countries today (Thursday) called on Israel to withdraw from the plan to expand thousands of housing units in Judea and Samaria. As mentioned, a decision by the Civil Administration yesterday approved progress in building 3,144 housing units.
The building permit, which caused clashes and embarrassment within Naftali Bennett’s government, also resonated in a number of European countries, with a joint statement by EU foreign ministers who opposed the decision and sought to restore the status quo.
“We call on the Israeli government to reverse its decision to advance plans to build some 3,000 settlement units in the West Bank,” the foreign ministers of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Spain wrote in a joint statement.
“We call on both sides to build on the steps taken in recent months to improve cooperation and reduce tensions,” they added.
The Biden administration also protested
As stated, the Supreme Planning Council of the Civil Administration yesterday approved the construction of 3,144 housing units at various planning stages in Judea and Samaria. This is after it has not convened since January this year, when only about 800 housing units were approved, and against the background of the intensified American protest. At the same time, next Sunday, the IAEA is expected to convene for approval of more than 1,000 Palestinian units in Area C. The Biden administration reacted sharply and responded: “The process of laundering outposts is unacceptable.”
Also within the coalition, there was a protest on the side, from the left parties. The Labor Party chose to attack Defense Minister Bnei Gantz, and the party’s Twitter account read: “Whoever approves the construction of 3,000 housing units in Judea and Samaria – Rabin is not.”
Later, the response came from a white brush: “Whoever calls for refusal to recruit, should not preach political and security responsibility.”
Meanwhile, MK Musi Raz (Meretz) said in response to the building permit: “Defense Minister Ganz continues to rage irresponsibly, only with the aim of marking for himself some political ‘V’ markings. The building permits for more than 3,000 apartments in the settlements in the occupied territories given tonight are 3,000 spit in the face of hundreds of thousands of wonderful protesters, happy every week to overthrow the Netanyahu government and bring about change. I hope that the Minister of Defense will show responsibility and stop this destructive construction, and stop the sequence of populist decisions that are harming the government and harming the State of Israel. “
On the other hand, MK Nir Orbach (right) supported the decision: “I welcome the decision of the IDF to approve 3,130 localities (original error) in Judea and Samaria. There are the mockers and tweeters – and there are us. We continue to work for you and preserve the settlement.”