The Secretary general to the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, has condemned the adoption of a law legalizing numerous outposts and settler homes on Palestinian land by Israel.
In the group’s statement, Gheit is quoted as saying,
The adopted law indicates real intentions of the Israeli government and its hostile position on the peace process.”
The document also states that the law is an endorsement of the theft of Palestinian land and property by the Israeli government.
The regulation law was passed in the Israeli parliament with a 60 to 52 vote on Monday. The law legalises about 4,000 settler homes and 53 outposts that have been built on private Palestinian land.
Under the law, the original Palestinian owners are to be financially compensated or given alternative land but they will not be able to reclaim their land.
Palestinians have condemned the law saying it would kill chances of ever reaching a peace deal.
A spokesman for the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, said “it will only lead to more instability and chaos.”
According to the the Israeli anti-settlement group, Peace Now, Israel has 97 outposts across the West Bank.
Last week, the largest outpost, Amona was evacuated and dismantled following a Supreme Court order as it was built on private Palestinian land.
Polls have consistently shown that most Israelis are in favour of a two state nation but the passing of this bill dashes the hopes of ending decades of conflict through a two-state solution.
The opposition has warned that the law might land Israel in The Hague.
B’Tselem condemned the law saying it,
Proves … Israel has no intention of ending its control over the Palestinians or the theft of their land. Lending a semblance of legality to this ongoing act of plunder is a disgrace … another facet of the massive land grab carried out … by declaring ‘state land.’”
The Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel has announced it will bring the matter to the high court with lawyer, Suhad Bushara saying it “infringes on Palestian residents and refugees right to private property”
Washington last week issued a statement saying settlements were not an hinderance to peace but further expansion ”might not be helpful” in the achievement of a deal with the Palestinians.