Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced the first Israeli outpost in the West Bank for two decades. The move threatens to deal an early blow to relations with President Donald Trump’s administration.
At a joint press conference in February, Trump told Netanyahu that he would “like to see [him] hold back on settlements a little bit”.
Plans for the new bloc are considered to be illegal under international law by the majority of the international community. Netanyahu told Newsweek reporters in March, “I made a promise that we would establish a new settlement. We will keep it today.”
The settlement will be created to appease 40 settler families after their February eviction from the Amona outpost in the West Bank, which the Israeli High Court ruled had been built illegally on private Palestinian land.