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Israeli premier says will not freeze building settlements in West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said there will be no change in the plan to build illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Netanyahu’s remarks came following a meeting held in Aqaba, Jordan on Sunday, with the participation of Palestine, Israel, Jordan, the US, and Egypt.

The Israeli premier denied reports by the Israeli media that Israel following the meeting decided to freeze the construction of new settlements in the West Bank for four months.

“Construction and arrangement in Judea and Samaria (the Jewish name for the West Bank) will continue according to the original planning and schedule without any changes. There is not and will not be any freezing,” Netanyahu tweeted.

Security meeting in Aqaba

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry published the closing statement of the security meeting in Aqaba, saying: “The Government of Israel and the Palestinian National Authority confirmed their joint readiness and commitment to immediately work to end unilateral measures for a period of 3-6 months.”

“This includes an Israeli commitment to stop discussion of any new settlement units for 4 months and to stop authorization of any outposts for 6 months,” it added.

The meeting in the city of Aqaba was called by the US, Egypt, and Jordan to discuss de-escalating tensions between the Palestinian and Israeli delegates.


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