Israel to advance plans for 3,988 settler homes despite US objections

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Israel to advance plans for 3,988 settler homes despite US objections
The move helps shore up Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's fragile coalition but will likely anger the Biden Administration.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF, JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Published: MAY 6, 2022

Israel is set to advance plans for 3,988 West Bank settler homes despite US objections, with the White House - according to N12 - sending a message against it to Israeli officials. The White House message was conveyed in talks between at least three different American parties and senior Israeli officials in Israel. According to one source speaking with N12, the White House even conditioned President Joe Biden's visit to Israel next month on the issue of the plans for West Bank settler homes. It's a move, however, that will likely shore up Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's fragile coalition in advance of the opening next of the Knesset's summer session. According to Walla, Israel explained this to the US.

The Biden Administration has been clear about its opposition to settlement activity, with US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides calling such construction "stupid" because it harms the two-state solution when he spoke at a virtual event with the left-wing Israeli group "Peace Now." But the Biden Administration and Nides have been very supportive of Bennett and his coalition which is made up of parties from the Left, Center and Right of the political map.

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