Netanyahu set to approve first West Bank settlement for 20 years

In that Resolution was demanded the cessation of the construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and East Jerusalem.

For the past two decades, the worldwide community has backed a two-state solution to the conflict where a Palestinian state would be established alongside Israel in territory it captured in the 1967 war.

The proposed conference, which would convene most probably this summer, would bring together the Saudi leadership at the crown prince level, other Persian Gulf Arab leaders and their Egyptian and Jordanian counterparts, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

"Israel is trying to test the seriousness of yesterday's resolution by the Arab summit, and would not have drawn that step without making sure that new U.S. administration would be tolerant with it", he told Al Jazeera.

'While we don't believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal, ' the White House said.

Dershowitz said he had told Trump, "The time has come for the Palestinians to offer to compromise".

Netanyahu had promised the 40 Amona families that he would formally authorize a new settlement for them by March 31, through a cabinet or government vote.

He spoke in advance of a security cabinet meeting later in the day, that is scheduled to discuss settlement activity and the ongoing discussion with the Trump administration over Jewish building in the West Bank.

The Palestinians claim the West Bank and east Jerusalem, areas captured by Israel in 1967, as parts of a future state. "In a few hours, you will know all the details".

A spokeswoman for human rights group Peace Now said that the creation of such a community would be the first official establishment by the government of a new settlement in the West Bank since 1992.

Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi condemned the new settlement approval and called for worldwide intervention.

The Palestinians and the worldwide community consider the settlements obstacles to peace because they gobble up territory where the Palestinians seek to establish their state.

  • Leroy Wright