West Bank, ALRAY - The European Union on Tuesday condemned Israel's latest move to approve a new settlement, currently an outpost, in the Jordan Valley. The Israeli decision follows recent announcements about the possible annexation of the valley and the northern Dead Sea area.
Federica Mogherini ,the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said in a statement Tuesday night the Israeli government approved a plan to construct a Mivut Yerihu settlement.
She stressed that the UN considers all Israeli settlement on the occupied Palestinian lands including the east Jerusalem are illegal under the international law.
The UN called on Israel to end all settlement activities and dismantling the settlement units that have built since 2001.
Israeli prime minister Netanyahu has announced his intention to impose the Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan valley and northern Dead Sea.
Israel considers Jordan valley and Dead Sea a security and economic reserve, claiming that it want to maintain security in the areas within and future solution with Palestinians.
Jordan valley located on the west bank of Jordan river and consists 30% of occupied Palestinian West Bank, 2400 km. Most the lands of Jordan valley are part of C area that constitutes 88,3% of the valley, Israel controls 60% of the area.
The lands in the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea are divided into reserve areas, Israeli military zones and settlements, which represent 90% of the land. The Palestinian Authority controls just 10% of the Jordan Valley lands .