Israel unveils four-year settlement plans in the Golan Heights

Published March 12th, 2014 - 06:46 GMT
In 2013, settlement activity in Israel increased by 70% despite international warnings and the resumption of the peace talks. (AFP/File)
In 2013, settlement activity in Israel increased by 70% despite international warnings and the resumption of the peace talks. (AFP/File)

Israel has announced plans to build more illegal settlements over the next four years in the occupied Golan Heights, despite warnings by the international community, Press TV reports.

Israeli authorities said that over the next four years, they would build some 400 new settlements in the Golan Heights for 23,000 settlers.

Tel Aviv has also offered job opportunities and tax credits for settlers in a move aimed at expanding its settlement activities in occupied territories.

The Israeli regime captured the Golan from Syria in 1967, during the Six-Day War of 1967, when it also took control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Tel Aviv annexed the Golan Heights in 1981. 

The move was not recognized by the international community. This is while, the United Nations regards the Golan Heights as an occupied territory.

Analysts and activists say Israel is taking advantage of the current situation in Syria to go ahead with more settlement projects. 


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