Jordan says Israel's new settlement undermines peace

"This move hits and undermines efforts to attain peace and end the conflict and fuels the environment on which terrorists and radicals thrive", said the minister.

The new settlement was approved by the security cabinet late on Thursday for the evacuees of the illegal Amona outpost, which was razed last month after the High Court of Justice ruled that it was built on private Palestinian land.

In addition, the Israeli step contradicts the Mideast peace process' terms of reference and responsibilities of "the occupying force", he said, noting that the declared move also threatens the two-state solution and peace efforts in the region.

The Zionist entity's recent approval of a first settlement in the occupied West Bank in 20 years has been met with strong denunciations from major European governments.

The German Foreign Ministry adopted a similar stance and emphasized that Berlin expected Tel Aviv "to clarify which solution they are pursuing for a lasting peace with the Palestinians". The new settlement will be built next to Shilo. "Germany will not recognize any change in the 1967 lines, which has not been agreed between the parties".

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government of caring more about "appeasing their illegal settler population than abiding by the requirements for stability and a just peace".

"While the existence of settlements is not in itself an impediment to peace, further unrestrained settlement activity does not help advance peace", a White House official said Friday.

Even though all settlements are illegal under worldwide law, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised the settlers from Amona that he would build them a new settlement.

Hardline education minister Naftali Bennett, who has been outspoken against any curbs to settlement construction, said Sunday that Netanyahu's position was "reasonable", adding that the proposed limitations "in theory sound good, but will be tested in actions".

  • Leroy Wright