Annexing the West Bank settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim is the next step after the settlement bill becomes law, right wing politicians told the Knesset on Wednesday.
“The next step is to impose sovereignty on Ma’aleh Adumim,” Education Minister Naftali Bennett said, just before the Knesset approved the first reading of the settlement bill 58-51.
That bill retroactively legalizes 4,000 settler homes built on private Palestinian property. But it also marks a rare moment in which the Knesset is attempting to legislate a non-personal law for Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli military control and over which the Knesset is not considered a sovereign body.
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