ISRAEL - 6,000 More West Bank Subdivisions

Arno Froese

Israel has approved the construction of 6,000 new homes for Jewish settlers and 700 homes for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

The decision about new homes in settlements further extends the Israeli presence in the West Bank.

But it is Israel’s approval for Palestinian homes that is unusual.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank are seen as illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this.

Israel has settled about 400,000 Jews in West Bank settlements, with another 200,000 living in East Jerusalem. There are about 2.5 million Palestinians living in the West Bank.

Palestinians want to establish a state in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

What happens to the settlements is one of the most contentious issues between Israel and the Palestinians—Palestinians say the presence of settlements makes a future independent state impossible.

Israel says the Palestinians are using the issue of settlements as a pretext to avoid direct peace talks. It says settlements are not a genuine obstacle to peace and are negotiable.

Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been at a standstill since 2014, when a US-brokered attempt to reach a deal collapsed., 31 July 2019

Arno's commentary

Under so-called international law, this is “illegal” activity. Thus, we must ask the question: who wrote this international law, which in most cases nations totally ignore anyhow? Google reads: “Francisco Suárez (1548-1617) emphasized that international law was founded upon the law of nature.” Britannica states: “The term was coined by the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832).” Wikipedia: “Sources of international law include treaties, international customs, general principles of law as recognized by civilized nations, the decisions of national and lower courts, and scholarly writings.” Under the question, “Can international law be enforced?” it says: “International law differs from domestic law. In the United States, the federal and state governments enforce domestic American law. However, in terms of international law, no government or international organization enforces international law.” In plain words, it really doesn’t exist. Thereby Israel has the same right as any other nation; to the victor belong the spoils.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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