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The US rebuked Israel Sunday overnight after it announced a land appropriation in the West , calling the move “counterproductive” to efforts to achieve a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, and urging Jerusalem to reverse the decision.
Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration on Sunday.
The notice published on Sunday by the Israeli military gave no reason for the land appropriation decision, while Israeli media reported the move was in response to the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens. Tensions stoked by the kidnapping quickly spread to Israel’s border with Gaza, which is by Hamas, and the two sides engaged in a seven-week war that ended on Tuesday with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.
Peace Now, which opposes Israeli settlement in the West Bank, territory the Palestinians seek for a state, said the appropriation was meant to turn a site where 10 families now live adjacent to a Jewish seminary into a permanent settlement.
Construction of a major settlement at the location, known as “Gva’ot”, has been mooted by Israel since 2000. Last year, the government invited bids for the building of 1,000 at the site.
Peace Now said the land seizure was the largest announced by Israel in the West Bank since the 1980s and that anyone with ownership claims had 45 days to appeal. A local Palestinian mayor said Palestinians owned the tracts and harvested olive trees on them.