Israel started to build the first 25 years of Jewish settlement

© RIA Novosti / I. Nasobirali in fotobounce the city of tel Aviv. Archival photoIsrael started to build the first 25 years of Jewish settlement© RIA Novosti / I. Nasobirali the image Bank

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the beginning of construction of the first since the end of last century a new Jewish settlement on the West Bank of the Jordan river.

Settlement activity in the occupied West Bank and annexed East Jerusalem, where there are living almost 600 thousand Israelis, is considered to be the main irritant in Israel’s relations with the international community and one of the main obstacles in the quest for peace with the Palestinians.

«As I promised, today began work on the ground on the creation of a new settlement,» wrote Netanyahu, accompanied by publications in social networks a photograph of a bulldozer and excavator working on a rocky hillside in the background of the vineyard.

Settlement designed for several dozen residents of the settlement Outpost of Amona, which was recognized as a squatter illegally built on private Palestinian land, and demolished in February by the Supreme court.

The pacifist organization «Shalom Ahshav» («Peace now») has estimated that this is the first new settlement which created the Israeli authorities in the West Bank since 1992, except for cases of retroactive legalization of the squatter settlement. Until now, the construction work was done within the boundaries of existing settlements.