16/10/2017, London: Yachad, the British Jewish pro-Israel, pro-peace group, has condemned the Israeli government’s decision to approve new building permits for Israeli settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron today. The 31 housing units approved by the IDF Civil Administration represent the first new building permits issued to Israeli settlers in Hebron in 15 years.
A Yachad spokesperson said:
“This reckless decision flies in the face of common sense, international law and Israel’s own security needs. Increasing the size of a small Israeli settlement in the heart of the West Bank’s largest Palestinian city will only damage Israeli security, risking the lives of ever-increasing numbers of Israeli soldiers and imposing greater restrictions on a local Palestinian population already unable to even set foot on one of the city’s main streets.
With these new housing units, the Israeli authorities have chosen to push peace further away, rather than making the difficult decisions necessary for a political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a secure future for Israel.”