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Biden Administration Protests Bennett’s Approval of Settlement Housing Units

October 27, 2021

by: JNS

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A view of two communities, Beitar Illit and Tzur Hadassah, as seen from Gush Etzion in Judea and Samaria

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 | The Biden administration sent the Office of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett a written protest over Jerusalem’s decision to authorize the construction of 3,000 new housing units in settlements [communities] in Judea and Samaria, Walla reported on Tuesday.

The letter followed a statement by the US State Department that expressed “deep concern” over the decision, adding that plans to approve currently unrecognized outposts are “unacceptable.”

This is the first time that Israel has approved construction in Judea and Samaria since US President Joe Biden entered the White House. It follows ongoing American pressure on Israel to reduce building in the settlements.

According to Walla, after last week’s Israeli government decision, Acting American Ambassador Michael Ratney called Bennett’s political adviser, Shimrit Meir, and stressed that Washington took a severe view of the approved plans.

On Monday, the European Union called on Israel to cancel tenders slated for housing construction in Judea and Samaria.

Posted on October 27, 2021

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on October 26, 2021. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Gershon Elinson/Flash90/JNS.org

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