Israeli officials double down on settlement construction, rebuke US criticism
(Worthy News) – Two ultranationalist Israeli Cabinet ministers on Tuesday defiantly dismissed a growing chorus of global condemnation of new Israeli settlement construction in Judea and Samaria, instead promising to double down and legalize dozens of wildcat outposts.
Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir reaffirmed their commitment to expand Israeli authority in the lands that the Palestinians seek for a future state. Their comments came after the United States expressed opposition to the move and as four European countries added their criticism.
Smotrich, a religious settler, said he and his allies in the government — the most right-wing in Israel’s history — remain “committed to removing completely the restrictions on building in Judea and Samaria,” referring to the West Bank by its biblical names. [ Source (Read More…) ]