Netanyahu’s coalition agrees to demolish any new Palestinian construction in Area C in the West Bank

Netanyahu’s coalition agrees to demolish any new Palestinian construction in Area C in the West Bank
Netanyahu’s coalition agrees to demolish any new Palestinian construction in Area C in the West Bank
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The blocs agreed to expedite the demolition of Palestinian homes under construction (Menachem Kahane/AFP)

Yesterday, Sunday, the heads of the government coalition blocs in the occupying state agreed to move to a new policy to confront Palestinian construction in the occupied West Bank, classified as Area C.

According to the Israeli media, the heads of the coalition blocs agreed that every construction process for any Palestinian house in Area C, which constitutes 60 percent of the West Bank, must be demolished in its initial stages, in the event that the owner of the house does not obtain a permit from the occupation authorities, through The Civil Administration, which is the executive arm of the occupation in civil matters, specifically control over land and building plans.

This decision, which received the “blessing” of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to what was reported by the Israeli Radio and the newspaper “Israel Hayom” today, Monday, came after the dispute between the Minister of Security from the “Likud” Yoav Gallant, and the leader of “religious Zionism”, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, Who also holds the position of minister in the Ministry of Security, after the occupation army demolished the “Ur Haim” settlement outpost, which was established by settlers on Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank, on Friday.

Smotrich had asked the army forces not to carry out the demolition, but it became clear to him that he did not actually have the powers to issue such an order to the military commander in the field.

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And the Israeli Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir of the “Jewish Power” party, claimed in the government coalition session, Sunday, that the occupation forces do not demolish Palestinian homes, as much as they demolish settlement outposts, while Netanyahu boasted in response to him directly that the occupation forces demolished only 3 homes yesterday. Palestinian.

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According to Israeli reports, the government coalition blocs agreed to expedite the demolition of Palestinian homes under construction, before they went through advanced stages in the construction process, and at the same time searched for ways to “deal with the fate of hundreds and thousands of Palestinian homes in Palestinian villages in the West Bank, especially those nearby.” of the Jewish settlements. It was also decided to form a committee to coordinate the work and powers granted to Minister Smotrich.

Yesterday, the Minister of Settlement and National Tasks in the occupation government, Orit Stroke, called for the demolition of dozens of Palestinian neighborhoods and hundreds of homes in the occupied West Bank.

Struck claimed that these houses and neighborhoods were built without a license from the Israeli authorities, and that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority encourage construction plans, in the context of the battle over lands in the rural areas of the West Bank, which are subject, according to the “Oslo Accords”, to the authority of the occupying state, and they are known as areas C, and its area reaches 60% of the occupied West Bank in 1967.

Struck and the rest of the ministers of “religious Zionism”, led by Smotrich, were absent from the weekly cabinet meeting, to express their protest against the demolition of the “Or Haim” settlement outpost, and Strock is one of the most powerful settlers in the city of Hebron.

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