The Prime Minister’s Office is preparing documentation for Sunday’s cabinet meeting to show that the authorization of three West Bank outposts is a technical adjustment and does not constitute the creation of new settlements.
Political sources have told The Jerusalem Post that the cabinet is expected to authorize the three West Bank outposts of Bruchin, Rehalim and Sansana, thereby converting them into legalized settlements.
Israel has promised the international community not to create new settlements and has not done so for over a decade.
But the Prime Minister’s Office said that past cabinet decisions, that predate that pledge, approve these three communities as settlements.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the government approved the creation of Bruchin on May 19, 1983, Rehalim on November 27, 1991, and Sansana on June 28, 1998, as legal settlements.
But it did not provide the text of the decisions.
The Defense Ministry, however, never finished the authorization process, according to the Prime Minister’s Office. As a result, they remained unauthorized communities.
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