Voice of America - English: Israel OKs Hundreds of Settlement Homes in Last-Minute Push

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Israeli authorities on Sunday advanced plans to build an additional 780 homes in West Bank settlements, an anti-settlement monitoring group said, in a last-minute surge of approvals before the friendly Trump administration leaves office later this week. 

Peace Now said that over 90% of the homes lay deep inside the West Bank, which the Palestinians seek as the heartland of a future independent state, and over 200 homes were located in unauthorized outposts that the government had decided to legalize. 

Israel has stepped up settlement construction during President Donald Trump's term. According to Peace Now, Israel approved or advanced construction of over 12,000 settlement homes in 2020, the highest number in a single year since it began recording statistics in 2012. 

"By promoting hundreds of settlement units, Prime Minister Netanyahu is once again putting his personal political interests over those of the country," the group said. "Not only will this settlement activity erode the possibility for a conflict-ending resolution with the Palestinians in the long-term, but in the short-term it needlessly sets Israel on a collision course with the incoming Biden administration." 

Netanyahu's office had no comment. But last week, he said he would seek approvals for the construction projects. They include 100 homes in Tal Menashe, a settlement where an Israeli woman was killed last month in an attack for which a Palestinian man has been charged. 

The Palestinians claim all of the West Bank, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, as part of a future independent state. They say the growing settler population, approaching some 500,000 people, makes it increasingly difficult to achieve their dream of independence. 

A string of U.S. administrations, along with the rest of the international community, opposed settlement construction. But Trump, surrounded by a team of advisers with close ties to the settler movement, took a different approach. His administration did not criticize Israeli settlement announcements, and in a landmark decision, announced in 2018 that it did not consider settlements to be illegal under international law. 

As a result, Israel approved plans for over 27,000 settler homes during Trump's four-year term, more than 2.5 times the number approved during the Obama administration's second term, according to Peace Now. 

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to return to the traditional U.S. position of opposing settlements, setting the stage for a possible clash with Netanyahu. 

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The violent entry of protesters into the Capitol provoked a wide range of views in Germany. In the context of analyzes, some historical analogies have been used and similar incidents have been mentioned in recent years.

Radio interviewFor example, the historian Achats von Mல்லller drew parallel attention between the Washington attack and the so-called “March on Rome” organized in October 1922 by the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini.

Many German politicians recalled the events of August 29, 2020 in Berlin. In a demonstration against coronary measures, a group of German ultranationalists tried to force their way into the Bundestag building in Berlin.

The most common of those who tried to enter the building were the so-called Reichsburgers (Reich’s citizens). (More details about Reichsberger here.)

Most far-right groups in Germany called the Washington attack a patriotic operation. This is despite the traditional anti-American characteristic of most nationalist organizations created in the post-war period.

In October 2014, this trend became apparent to the founders of the anti-Muslim and racist movement Pekida (abbreviated as “European Patriots Against Islamization of the West”). The founders initially wanted to call it: “Pegota”, “European Patriots Against Western Americanization” “(recalls Volker Weiss in 2017: Dictatorial Rebellion. New ownership and the fall of the West.)

The continuation of these traditional reflexes also explains why the leader of the Nationalist-Dictator Party, the Alternative to Germany (AfD), George Methane, is distancing himself from the events in Washington. Methane said in a radio interview (D.L.F.) By inciting his supporters, the US President would have humiliated himself. At the same time, Methane rejected any resemblance to the Berlin incident last summer. Methane, on the other hand, distanced himself from various German groups considered right-wing extremists, implicitly rejecting the labeling of his party as an extreme right-wing party.

Groups and individuals not recommended by Methane openly expressed their sympathy and solidarity with those who entered the Capitol. Their position on the United States changed after Donald Trump became president. The origins of the Q-Anan conspiracy movement and the intensification caused by coronary restrictions have contributed to the strange international repercussions of unity.

The publications of German extremist activists or those close to sophisticated organizations were firmly aligned with the American rebels.

Here are some notable examples from radical, ultra-conservative and German nationalist publications.

The American election is the biggest fraud not only in American history but also in the history of democracies

Stage “PI ”, (Politically incorrect), states that what has happened in the United States since 10.1.2021 is nothing more than an attempt to intimidate, punish, and isolate “nearly 80 million Americans.” -They voted for Trump. Of course, this election points to an unproven study that is “the greatest fraud not only in the history of the United States, but in the history of democracies.” (The study was published by a Romanian-language publication of the same name. On January 6, the Romanian extremist publication published an article entitled “Patriots Occupy Capital Building! War to Save America”.)

“Death of the Patriot Ashley Babbitt”German courier“(8.1 to 21) says he” fell in the struggle for his firm belief that Donald Trump won the presidential election. “

The right-wing racist and extremist party “Third Way” (Der III. Weck) claims that Ashley Babbitt’s death was a conscious assassination by an African-American police officer.

Editor of the Ultranationalist, Anti-Racist and Anti-Muslim Journal “Small shop“(7.1 to 2021), Jர்கrgen Elsaser likens the attack to a” revolution for the salvation of democracy. “In his article, he argues that the established media is a liar and that the action of the rebels is a peaceful and patriotic act. These psychic forces are the result of the infiltration of psychic forces into the conservative and national-patriotic parties, which Elseir argues for in his rhetoric and anti-democratic attitudes (according to activists and activists on the Internet and social media), are now on the verge of establishing a global crown-dictatorship.

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As more people are charged in connection with the attack, it has become clear that many of those who went to Washington last week were not only angry but heavily armed and, in some cases, dangerous. That point was driven home by court papers filed on Wednesday in the case of Cleveland G. Meredith Jr., who wrote in a text message that he wanted to put a bullet in the “noggin” of Speaker Nancy Pelosi on “live TV,” prosecutors said.

According to the papers, Mr. Meredith drove across the country with a Tavor X95 assault rifle, a 9 mm pistol painted to resemble an American flag and about 2,500 rounds of ammunition, including at least 320 armor-piercing 5.56 caliber rounds. Prosecutors say Mr. Meredith, who has a history of drug abuse and mental illness, also threatened to kill Mayor Muriel E. Bowser of Washington.

“I may wander over to the Mayor’s office and put a 5.56 in her skull,” he wrote in a text message, the court papers said.

This mood of outrage found an echo in the tumultuous congressional debate on impeachment, which stretched throughout the day. The sense of recrimination went beyond the boundaries of Washington as local politicians in other states lobbed accusations at each other.

A group of Arizona state lawmakers released a letter on Wednesday that they had sent a day earlier to Mr. Rosen and Mr. Wray, calling for an investigation into two of their own colleagues, Mark Finchem and Anthony Kern, who, according to social media posts, were at the riot at the Capitol.

The lawmakers also mentioned that two congressmen from Arizona, Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs, both Republicans, had planned the rally that preceded the riot with the organizer of the so-called Stop the Steal movement, Ali Alexander. A spokesman for Mr. Biggs has denied that he had any role in organizing the rally. Mr. Gosar appeared to be on friendly terms with Mr. Alexander, frequently tagging him in Twitter posts. At a rally last month outside the Arizona State Capitol at which Mr. Gosar spoke, Mr. Alexander called the congressman “the spirit animal of this movement.”

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