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Israel legalises about 4000 settler homes on private Palestinian land

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Israel's parliament has passed a law created to legalise thousands of settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank. "It was discussed at the United Nations and we made clear our position".

"By passing this law, Netanyahu makes theft an official Israeli policy and stains the Israeli law books", the group said in a statement.

Netanyahu will hope to benefit from Trump's White House tenure to accelerate implantation of Jewish settlers on the occupied territories.

The bill has been championed by a far-Right party within Mr Netanyahu's coalition government and the vote went ahead despite the Israeli prime minister's own concerns that the legislation could lead to new tensions with Europe. Speaking to reporters after his meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Settlements are one of the most contentious issues between Israel and the Palestinians.

And it can also send a signal that whatever the twists and turns that occur in the USA's policy towards Israel and Palestine under President Trump, there remains an understanding in the broader worldwide community that a lasting peace can only be built if there is equal commitment to the rights of the peoples of both countries. In his remarks, Netanyahu said that Israel shared the desire for peace with the Palestinians.

The director of ADL's Israel office, Carole Nuriel, added that the measure "may also trigger severe global legal repercussions". As Ron Kampeas of the Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) reported in December, Mattis had anxious aloud, "If I'm Jerusalem and I put 500 Jewish settlers out here to the east and there's 10,000 Arab settlers in here, if we draw the border to include them, either it ceases to be a Jewish state or you say the Arabs don't get to vote - apartheid".

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Later, her spokeswoman said: "We want to be able to support finding a resolution, finding a path to the two-state solution".

"We look forward to working closely with our friends in the new Trump administration to build a brighter future all", he added.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in a statement Monday expressed its "strong concern" the bill, urging the Israeli government "to find alternatives" which address the matter of outposts built in the West Bank "in a manner consistent with both Israeli and worldwide laws".

View of the plenum hall in the Knesset on February 06, 2017 where MKs were set to vote on the second and third reading of the so-called Regulation Bill. Israel's attorney general has called it unconstitutional.

This would legalize 4,000 Jewish settlements on private Palestinian property - something Israeli courts have always ruled is illegal.

Efforts by coalition members to pass the bill in recent years have been blocked by Netanyahu, who rejected it out of fear of negative worldwide fallout.

"He is under pressure, " said Yoaz Hendel, a former aide to Netanyahu, who said the bill reflects a larger debate in the government about what it should do with the West Bank if it does not become a Palestinian state.

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