JERUSALEM – Egypt has condemned an Israeli bill that, if adopted, would legalize settlements built without government permission in the West Bank — territory Palestinians claim as part of their future state.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid expressed Egypt's "deep concern" on Tuesday over the bill, which needs to pass several stages to be adopted.
It was promoted by the pro-settler Jewish Home party in part to stop the evacuation of Amona, an outpost that Israel's Supreme Court ruled was built on private Palestinian land and ordered demolished by Dec. 25. Amona's fate could destabilize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-line coalition.
Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 war and built settlements there soon after. The international community widely views Israeli construction there as obstacles to Palestinian statehood.