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Publish Date: 12:03 - 29 May 2017
TEHRAN, May 29, YJC - An Israeli commander has ordered the construction of a new settlement north of the occupied West Bank for settlers of a former “unauthorized” outpost.

Israeli commander orders new settlement in West Bank 

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The chief of the Israeli military’s central command, Maj. Gen. Roni Numa, issued the order for the residents of the Amona outpost on Sunday, Israeli paper Ha’aretz reported.

The settlers had rejected a number of alternatives, including their absorption into existing settlements. Amona spokesman Avihai Boaron welcomed the decision, saying, "It is sadly too early to celebrate.”

Israel occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds, another Palestinian territory, in 1967. It has since built over 230 settlements in the lands in what is seen as a precursor to a possible annexation.

Also on Sunday, the Israeli cabinet held a meeting in the tunnel adjacent to Western Wall, a site of worship in Jerusalem al-Quds’ Old City.

Palestinians denounced the meeting as provocative because the tunnel runs beneath the al-Aqsa Mosque, which is of huge religious significance to Muslims.

The cabinet approved two massive projects to facilitate easier access to the site; a cable car reaching the place, and an elevator facilitating access to it. The latter project has been in the works for the last 13 years but has only been approved recently.

The announcements come after US President Donald Trump visited the region where he reiterated Washington's commitment to Israel's security. Encouraged by Trump's election, Israel unveiled plans in April to build 25,000 settler units in Jerusalem al-Quds. ​

Source: Press TV
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