Israel has issued a tender to settle settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. This may increase the dispute between Israel and Palestine. A watchdog reported that on Wednesday, while Joe Biden was sworn in as the new president of the US, Israel issued tenders for 2500 new homes. Significantly, before the elections in March, Israel approved 780 new homes in the West Bank. It is believed that in this election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going to face a tough fight with the candidate Gideon Saar, who is a supporter of settlements.
The government has now issued tenders for 2,112 new homes in the occupied West Bank and 460 new homes in East Jerusalem. The eastern part of Jerusalem is occupied by Israel and the Palestinian authorities feel that they will one day make it the capital of their country. The watchdog alleged that the Israeli government intended to have as many settlements as possible before Biden took office.
No intention to resolve dispute with Palestinians
It has been reported that through this Netanyahu was trying to signal to the incoming President that he does not intend to add a new chapter in US-Israel relations nor wants to resolve the dispute with the Palestinians. There has been a long-standing dispute between Israel and Palestine over the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Both countries believe that they have authority over the holy city of Jerusalem.
Israel captured the West Bank in 1967
Let us tell that Israel had captured the West Bank after the six-day war in 1967 and has been rapidly expanding settlements here. This has increased significantly mainly after Netanyahu took power in 2009. About 45,000 Jews live in the currently occupied West Bank, while 28 Palestinians live here. At the same time, about two lakh Yaduhi live in 12 settlements of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem.