Israel recognizes five illegal Jewish settlements in West Bank | RTL News

Israel recognizes five illegal Jewish settlements in West Bank | RTL News

Smotrich said that the Israeli government agreed during an overnight cabinet meeting to recognize five illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The minister’s office has not yet publicly responded to the cabinet reports. According to the American CNN channel. Once the project is approved, the settlements will be connected to water, electricity and medical care. This would make it look more like parts of Israel.

Such settlements are considered illegal under international law and by much of the international community.

Smotrich is a prominent right-wing populist member of the Israeli government who opposes the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

He has long defended settlement building, suggesting that it is a way to prevent the West Bank from becoming part of this independent state.

“The goal is to change the DNA of the regime for many years,” he said, according to a leaked audio recording of a speech he gave earlier this month.

Oslo Accords

Israel has expanded settlements in the occupied West Bank in recent decades, despite signing a series of peace agreements with the Palestinians in the 1990s.

The so-called Oslo Accords provided for the creation of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza as part of the negotiated agreement.

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