A senior Palestinian official says the Israeli regime continues to breach international law and violate UN resolutions by pressing ahead with plans to build thousands of more settler units across the occupied Palestinian territories. Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas,
Abu Rudeineh also strongly censured the Israeli regime over desperate attempts to change the geographic and demographic character of occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.
The remarks come after Israeli authorities on Wednesday invited contractor bids for the construction of more than 2,500 settler units in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.
Last week, Netanyahu ordered plans be advanced for the construction of 800 new settler units in the occupied West Bank.
But ahead of the swearing in, Biden’s nominee for secretary of state Antony Blinken said the incoming administration will not reverse Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s "capital." Palestinian movements on Thursday reacted with outrage to Blinken's remarks, with Hamas saying they run counter to the international laws and resolutions that recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as an occupied city.
The administration of former President Donald Trump broke with decades of the United States’ bipartisan show by not opposing Israeli settlements.
The “deal of the century” that Trump brokered envisions Jerusalem al-Quds as “Israel’s undivided capital” and allows the Tel Aviv regime to annex settlements in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley.
Trump also ordered relocation of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.
In December 2016, UNSC Resolution 2334 called on its member states to ensure that they do not participate in actions of de facto annexation of the occupied Palestinian lands.
Israel lays claim to the entire Jerusalem al-Quds, but the international community views the city’s eastern sector as occupied territory and Palestinians consider it the capital of their future state.
Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital, have condemned the US agenda against them