Israel Says It Requires No Permission From US To Build Settlements In West Bank

Israel said it requires no permission from the US on construction of some settlements in the West Bank, despite a call by the Biden administration to freeze the work.  

“Israel is a sovereign state and doesn’t need to ask for permission to carry out activities in their own land,” Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said.

Briefing reporters in the Knesset, Lapid said that they all time keep updating the US in regards to the settlement construction, but he said it does not mean that there is need for their approval.

The US had recently asked Israel to seize expanding settlement construction in the West Bank, giving its unbending opposition to it after Israel said it will execute the plan for 3,988 settler homes.

Top US officials, including US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides and Secretary of State Antony Blinken as well as State Department spokesman Ned Price have repeatedly opposed the settlement activity as it undermines the efforts for the possibility of creating a two-state resolution to the conflict.

Lapid said that it is his duty to deal with any “international consequences” when it comes in regards to the 3,988 settler homes. 

This comes as US President Joe Biden could likely to pay a visit to Al-Makassed Hospital, the largest Palestinian medical center in the east Jerusalem.

The Jerusalem Post reported that Biden’s trip to Israel has been planned for next month, but Biden would visit the hospital without  accompanying by any Israeli officials.

Biden is the first US president to visit east Jerusalem which would be viewed as not recognizing Israeli sovereignty over that part, while his predecessor Donald Trump recognized east Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.   

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