Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, signed off this week on the construction of 850 new Israeli homes to be built on illegally occupied territory in Palestine.
In opposition to most other international news media, Western news media reduces the number of these new Israeli homes to 300.
This number, however, accounts only for planned new homes in the Beit El settlement; it fails to include an additional 550 homes to be constructed in other areas of the occupied West Bank, as revealed by Israel’s Construction Minister, Ariel Attias.
Though Israel, and its ally the U.S., differentiate between legal settlements and illegal outposts, the U.N. and the rest of the international community “views all Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory as a violation of international law,” as reported by the Associated Press.
Moreover, though the US State Department contends that continued Israeli settlement activity “undermines peace efforts and contradicts Israeli commitments and obligations,” the U.S. nevertheless remains a staunch supporter of Israel.
As detailed by Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs researcher Jeremy M. Sharpe, in a 2012 Congressional Research Service report entitled “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel:”
“In 2007, the Bush Administration and the Israeli government agreed to a 10-year, $30 billion military aid package that will gradually raise Israel’s annual Foreign Military Financing grant from a baseline of nearly $2.55 billion in 2009 to approximately $3.1 billion for 2013 through 2018.”
Further, the report reveals that:
“Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $115 billion in bilateral assistance. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance, although in the past Israel also received significant economic assistance. Strong congressional support for Israel has resulted in Israel receiving benefits not available to any other countries…”
What do you think about settlement homes being built on illegally occupied land?
How do you feel about the U.S. being verbally against it, while financially supporting it?