Effort To Retroactively Approve Illegal Jerusalem Settlement Backed By Interior Minister
A seven-story building constructed by right-wing Israeli settlers on Palestinian land, in East Jerusalem in 2004, is moving toward receiving 'retroactive approval,' with the unexpected support of Israel's Interior Minister, Eli Yishai. This support adds an air of legitimacy to the settler's illegal maneuver.
After US President Barack Obama's retraction of his call, last year, that Israel freeze settlement expansion, construction of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has expanded exponentially. Israeli authorities have moved forward with the Jerusalem E1 Plan which was articulated in 2004, in which Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem would expand to 'encircle' Palestinian neighborhoods in an attempt to drive the Palestinians out and "Judaize" Jerusalem.
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