Netanyahu to raise Iranian 'aggression' with United Kingdom leaders

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met his British counterpart Theresa May in London on Monday, where the United Kingdom prime minister told him that the bill is unhelpful and would make things more hard for Israel's friends around the world. The country declared the entire city as its unified capital, but Palestine says that east Jerusalem is the capital of their future state. Settlement advocates say it would protect 2,000 Israeli homes in the West Bank from demolition orders. The bill is likely headed for a high court challenge.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who did not participate in the law's final votes since he was returning from a trip to Britain, said he had "updated" the U.S. administration so as not to surprise "our friends".

Israel's prime minister is moving ahead with a contentious law that would legalise dozens of settlement outposts in the West Bank, despite claims by experts that the bill itself is illegal and a warning from the White House that settlement construction "may not be helpful".

That impression was reinforced during the Knesset debate on the bill when Israeli rightwingers pushed their claim on occupied Palestinian territories as belonging to a biblical land of Israel - and to Jews - by right. Palestinian landowners could apply to the state for annual rents or be given another parcel. On the other hand, Ambassador Nikki Haley, the new representative at the United Nations, on Thursday declared US opposition to Israel's new ambitious construction plans in the occupied West Bank.

The lengthy Amona saga - including the evictions broadcast live on Israeli television - directly inspired the bill. The vote prompted Israel to temporarily scale back relations.

"Don't cross a line we've never crossed before", Meridor pleaded with his fellow legislators in a newspaper column.

Then, there's the alternative of creating a Greater Israel that would include West Bank and Gaza.

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Reversing the Affordable Care Act , however, would affect nearly 20 million people now utilizing "Obamacare", including students. States would also be able to choose, however, to either accept part of the act's funding or to refuse all federal assistance.

"The law in question is only a cover for stealing the land and appropriating the property of Palestinians", said the head of the Cairo-based League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

"If adopted into law, it will have far-reaching legal consequences for Israel and greatly diminish the prospects for Arab-Israeli peace", Mladenov said.

Both outposts and settlements are illegal under worldwide law as they were built on lands occupied by Israel in the 1967 Mideast War, where the Palestinians wish to build their future state.

Netanyahu heads a right-wing coalition with a slim majority, which comprises Jewish Home, a party led by former settler leader Naftali Bennett, who has been pushing for retroactive legalisation of West Bank settlements since 2010.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemned the Israeli Knesset's approval of the "Settlement Regulation Bill", which allows the theft of Palestinian privately owned lands for the interest of settlement expansion in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

"If the vote takes place, the majority of our lawmakers will raise their hands to approve a bill that will steal land from Palestinians", the continued.


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