Israel (Tasnim) – Israeli officials have reportedly scrapped plans to build hundreds more illegal settler units on the occupied Palestinian territory, which would amount to a clear violation of the recent UN Security Council resolution demanding a halt to the regime’s land grab policy.
Hanan Rubin, with the Jerusalem (al-Quds) Local Planning and Building Committee, said on Wednesday that the bid to approve construction permits for nearly 500 homes in East al-Quds had been shelved upon the request of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Rubin said the decision came as US Secretary of State John Kerry is to offer a purported “comprehensive vision” for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a speech in Washington later in the day, according to Press TV.
Relations between Tel Aviv and Washington are in tatters after the United States abstained from voting on the Security Council resolution 2334.
The resolution demands Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East al-Quds.
It also states that the building of settlements by Israel has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.”
Israeli officials claim they have “iron-clad information,” which reveals the administration of outgoing US President Barack Obama drafted the document to end unlawful settlements on Palestinian land
Israeli media said on Sunday that Israel mulls construction of 2,600 housing units in the illegal Gilo settlement in southwestern East al-Quds, 2,600 others in Givat HaMatos, and 400 units in the Ramat Shlomo settlement.
More than half a million Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.
The continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle to the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.
The Palestinian Authority wants the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinians state, with East al-Quds as its capital.
This report prepared by Tasnim News Agency