Middle East

Israeli officials approve West Bank land expropriation

Israel's Ministry of Defense says officials have approved the expropriation of some 370 acres of land in the West Bank near the city of Jericho.

Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now says it is Israel's largest land expropriation in the West Bank since Israel declared nearly 1,000 acres of the West Bank as state land in 2014 in a move that drew international criticism.

"The government's decision is another step on the way to destroy the possibility for a two state solution," Peace Now said in a statement.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967. The Palestinians claim the area for a future state.

COGAT, an Israeli defense body, said Wednesday the land decision was made by senior Israeli leaders and is in the final stages of implementation.