Jerusalem, ALRAY - The so-called Israeli Planning and Building Committee is discussing on Wednesday a plan to expand illegal settlement construction in areas beyond the so-called “Green Line,” particularly in the illegal Israeli neighborhood of “Har Homa” in Jabel Abu Ghanim area between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
According to an Israeli newspaper, the Committee is expected to approve the construction of 540 illegal settlement units in the area between the Israeli occupation neighborhoods of “Har Homa” and “Givat Hamatos” as a new illegal Israeli neighborhood.
The report explained that more than 2,000 settlement units, is due to be built in the “Givat Hamatos” neighborhood.
Settlement construction in these areas will actually isolate Beit Safafa village from the neighboring Palestinian towns and villages as part of a vision to divide Jerusalem under any future agreement with the Palestinian people, the newspaper added.
This is the first plan to be implemented beyond the so-called “Green Line” since US President Joe Biden took office, the paper pointed out.
Under the former US President Barack Obama, the Israeli occupation had to freeze illegal settlement construction in these areas in 2010 following US pressure, in which the then Vice President Biden played a significant role.