Israel legalises settler outposts on Palestinian land

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police officers were securing Amona to "prevent incidents" on Monday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already announced plans for an additional settlement, prompting a stern response last week from the Trump administration. The decision extended the injunction against the installation of the caravans ordered the week before. It represents the first time the government has tried to implement Israeli law in Area C, part of the West Bank that is under Israeli civilian and military rule, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Bill allows Israel to declare private Palestinian land state property.

Among the Jewish groups that came out against the measure on Monday was the Anti-Defamation League, which in a statement Monday before the vote "expressed strong concern" over the bill.

The government's attorney general has said that the bill was unconstitutional and would contradict Israel's legal obligations under worldwide law, while Israeli MK Tzipi Livni warned that it would lead Israeli soldiers to the global Criminal Court (ICC).

Condemned by the Barack Obama administration, the European Union, the United Nations and Israel's attorney general, the law was hailed by the settler movement as a turning point in the 50-year settlement project.

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Making matters worse, Spicer added a feeble acknowledgment that building new settlements or expanding existing ones "may not be helpful" in achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace.

"I never said I want to push it off", he said from the Foreign Office, where he later met with UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson.

The director of ADL's Israel office, Carole Nuriel, added that the measure "may also trigger severe worldwide legal repercussions". "Lending a semblance of legality to this ongoing act of plunder is a disgrace for the state and its legislature".

Last-minute appeals this week by Netanyahu to postpone the vote until after he meets U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Feb 15, were refused by Jewish Home, political sources said.

Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem remain illegal under worldwide law. Netanyahu told May that he shares her desire for peace in the region, but avoided voicing an explicit support of the two-state solution.

First put forward by the Jewish Home party, the original proposal was meant to overturn a High Court of Justice verdict forbidding the expropriation of the privately owned Palestinian land on which Amona once stood.

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