Israel advances plans for another east Jerusalem settlement

JERUSALEM, 06 September 2022, (TON): Israeli authorities advanced a plan to build nearly 500 homes in a new settlement in east Jerusalem that rights groups say will further sever it from the nearby Palestinian city of Bethlehem and the southern West Bank.

The planned Givat HaShaked settlement is part of a cluster of settlements on the southern edge of east Jerusalem, many of which have already been built up into full-fledged residential neighborhoods.

Critics say they further undermine any hopes for a two-state solution.

Ir Amim, an Israeli rights group that closely follows developments in Jerusalem, said the plan for the settlement was approved to be deposited for objections, a key step in a bureaucratic process that could continue for months or years before construction begins.

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