Israeli Spending on Illegal Settlements Hits Two-Decade High of $1.1 Billion

Via Allison Deger at Mondoweiss: “Haaretz reported settlement spending has skyrocketed by 38% since 2010,reaching a two-decade high of $1.1 billion. Historically this level of funding was surpassed only once in 1993 during the post-Oslo boom in Israeli control over the West Bank.”

Earlier this month, I wrote of an Associated Press report detailing the dramatic rise of the settler population under the administration of Benjamin Netanyahu (an increase of 18% during his reign):

The number of Jewish settlers that the Israeli government has incentivized to live on Palestinian land has tripled since 1993 to more than 342,000 at the end of 2011, according to the Associated Press. That number does not include some 200,000 Jews living in East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed from the Palestinians in 1967.

In the past six months alone, according to the UN, there have been 3,437 Palestinians displaced and affected by Israeli demolitions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

All of this settlement building is illegal under international law, which prohibits the forced transfer of civilian populations and forbids military occupiers from transferring any of its population to settle into the occupied area.

23 thoughts on “Israeli Spending on Illegal Settlements Hits Two-Decade High of $1.1 Billion”

  1. East Jerusalem was annexed from Jordan, not the Palestinians. The rest of the West Bank also belonged to Jordan between 1948-1967.

    1. Jordan was created by colonial powers, which is why Jordan colluded with both Israel and Britain in 1948 and later.

      Your ignorance of history is not a good enough excuse.

  2. Unbelivable arroggance of "Our times" goes unpunished…colonization and destruction of native population before our eyes….like Big Brother daily show – truth masters of deception….peter czech

  3. I think it is wonderful that the Israeli's are building all these houses for the Palistinian population for when the peace settlement comes. Of course there will never be a peace settlement.

  4. sheldon adelson takes our casino losses and sends them to israel to build settlements and phosphorous bombs

  5. What an expensive way to expand Israeli control of the West Bank. Thank goodness the US is picking up the tab.

  6. The US media says the failure of the peace process was Arafat's fault. It was Ehud Barak Obama's fault. He refused to give the Palestinians East Jerusalem. Israel displaces Palestinians from the West Bank and East Jerusalem and won't take care of poor Israelis outside the Occupied Territories. The settlers and their supporters claim the Palestinian Territories because their ancestors lived there. They don't think the USA should be dissolved and returned to the Native Americans, Alaskans and Hawaiians.

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