New Poll: Majority of Palestinians Oppose Outright Rejection of Trump Peace Plan

Israel approves 6,000 new homes for Israeli settlers in West Bank

Israel approves 6,000 new homes for Israeli settlers in West Bank

This came in response to the latest leaks about the Israeli government's discussion to approve 6,000 new settlement units in the occupied territories along with 700 Palestinian homes in Area C.

Labourers work at a construction site in the Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit in the Israeli-occupied West Bank April 7, 2019.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank are seen as illegal under global law, although Israel disputes this. It accounts for more than 60 percent of the West Bank, the Palestinian territory that would form part of a future Palestine state under the so-called two-state solution.

Settlements are illegal under global law and are major stumbling blocks to an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

Washington warmed to Wednesday's announcement, made ahead of a visit by President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy and son-in-law Jared Kushner to explore prospects for his own Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

Palestinian leaders are likely to reject the plan immediately.

The Trump administration has carried out a series of actions that have inflamed Palestinian opinion and generally pleased Israel.

Jordan's King Abdullah and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met in Cairo just days before the arrival of an US team in the region to discuss the Trump administration's proposed Mideast peace plan.

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"We believe in Palestinian autonomy".

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967.

And the relationship between the Trump administration and Palestinian leadership has been chilly since the president moved the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and cut off $200 million in aid to Palestinians.

Israel's daily Yediot Ahronot reports Wednesday that Kushner will invite Arab leaders to Camp David where President Trump will lay out his vision of the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

The US has hinted it could back Israel keeping some of the settlements under any future peace accord.

"The issue we have is agreeing in advance to a state because the word state conjures up with it so many potential issues that we think it does a disservice for us to use that phrase", he said.

Israel says that Palestinian intransigence, violence and incitement are the main impediments to peace.

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