Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have announced they will divert some $18 million from the nation’s military budget, which includes money provided as direct military aid from the United States and others, to settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.
Netanyahu had promised to provide the money to construction 300 more homes in Beit El settlement after the 2012 court decision to demolish 5 apartment buildings built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid had blocked such moves, but was expelled from the government when the coalition collapsed and the government dissolved by Netanyahu.
The #US provides billions of dollars in direct military aid annually, including both cash and weaponry. That money goes into the general military budget, which is where the funding for the settlement is coming from.
A day after seizing some $100 million worth of tax funds from the Palestinian Authority, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin #Netanyahu vowed to take more hostile action against the Palestinians to punish them for seeking membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Palestinians sought ICC membership last week, after failing to get the UN Security Council to agree to an end of the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank. Membership would give the world court jurisdiction in #Palestinian territory, making it possible they would charge Israel with war crimes during their assorted #wars therein. Exactly what further punitive actions Israel will take against the #Palestinians is unclear right now, but Israel is said to be demanding that the US Congress revoke some $400 million in aid the US provides the Palestinians as well. Since the US Congress does whatever the #Israeli government wants as a matter of course, this is virtually guaranteed, but this too may only be part of what #Israel plans to impose.
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