Coalition would fall if settlement homes plan not okayed, officials said to tell US


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Coalition would fall if settlement homes plan not okayed, officials said to tell US
Initial proposal said reduced from a total of 5,800 homes to 4,000 following talks with Washington, with 1,000 housing units said slated for Palestinians
By TOI staff
7 May 2022

Israeli officials relayed to the Biden administration that if the government fails to advance plans to build nearly 4,000 settlement homes in the West Bank, the coalition will fall apart, Channel 12 News reported on Saturday. According to the report, the officials conveyed that the coalition — which is already teetering following the exit of former whip Idit Silman — needed to meet its commitments to right-wing parties and voters in the wide coalition headed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and that should it fail to do so, the government would fall. The Biden administration warned Friday that the plan to build settlement homes “deeply damages the prospects for a two-state solution.”

Earlier that day, the Defense Ministry body that authorizes settlement construction released the agenda for its meeting next Thursday, revealing that it is slated to green-light 2,536 homes through the final planning stage, while advancing another 1,452 homes through an earlier stage in the permitting process known as deposit. Over the past several years, Israel has approved new batches of settlements on a quarterly basis, though gaps between meetings of the Higher Planning Subcommittee have sometimes extended longer during sensitive diplomatic periods. The committee operates under the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration, which administers West Bank construction in areas under full Israeli civilian control.



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Agreed, but that probably means Monsour Abbas of the United Arab List party is going to demand something in return to appease his constituents.