Israel passes bill legalising settlement homes retroactively


Israel’s parliament has passed a contentious law meant to retroactively legalise thousands of West Bank settlement homes.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The law passed 60-52 in a late-night vote Monday.

The law is expected to be challenged in Israel’s Supreme Court and is likely to face legal hurdles.

The law retroactively legalises several thousand homes built illegally on private Palestinian land.

The original landowners would be compensated either with money or alternative land, even if they do not agree to give up their property.

The international community overwhelmingly opposes settlements and sees them as an obstacle to peace.

The law is part of a series of pro-settlement steps taken in recent weeks by Israel’s hard-line government, which has been emboldened by the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.


SOURCE: New York Post

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