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Israel wants to isolate Jerusalem from the West Bank

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The Israeli coalition government headed by Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid has set its sights on accelerating the implementation of the "Greater Jerusalem" project, which covers ten per cent of the area of the occupied West Bank and cuts it in two. The intention is to block the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.

The most dangerous aspect of this project is the construction of a settlement the size of a small city in occupied East Jerusalem, on the site of the Jerusalem International Airport, which was the only airport in the West Bank until it was closed — permanently, it now seems — by the Israeli authorities nearly two decades ago. The building works there are paving the way for the construction of this new settlement. Despite European and Palestinian objections, the Jerusalem Municipality Planning and Building Committee approved its construction, the first settlement of this size in East Jerusalem since the 1990s.

The major settlement projects in Jerusalem are intended to move large groups of illegal settlers to the heart of the city, and to strengthen Israeli control over large areas of land through the deployment of settlement outposts, army barracks and road networks that destroy any contiguity........

© Middle East Monitor

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