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Knesset Nudges Land Grab Bill Along
The "Israeli" MKs [members of the Knesset] approved a hugely-controversial bill legalizing some 4,000 settler units built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, in the first of three readings needed to turn it into law.
On Wednesday, 57 MKs voted to approve the draft legislation in its first reading, while 51 opposed it, AFP reported.
The legislature had lent its initial approval to a revised version of the bill on Monday. The revised version had just had one settler home removed from the text. The bill has been forwarded to the parliament by "Israeli" PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party.
More than half a million "Israelis" live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 "Israeli" occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds, another Palestinian territory.
The Palestinian Authority wants the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinians state, with East al-Quds as its capital.
Built on occupied land, the settlements are internationally condemned as illegal and equal to land grab.
Meanwhile, the United States, the Zionist entity's oldest and strongest ally, Germany, the country least critical among its fellow European nations of Tel Aviv, United Nations officials, and the European Union have voiced strong criticism of the bill.
They have warned that signing off on the bill would deliver a body blow to the already-tattered prospects of the Palestinian-"Israeli" struggle. Previous talks between the two sides have invariably foundered on Tel Aviv's insistence on expanding the illegal settlements.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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