In 1999, Israel approved an E1 master plan. It covers about 12,000 dunams. Israel declared them "state land." Doing so was illegal.
In 1979, Israel's High Court Elon Moreh case decision prohibited requisitioning private Palestinian land for settlement construction. Israel ignored the ruling. Straightaway it declared 900,000 dunams state land. It steals Palestinian land with impunity.
Ma'ale Adumim settlement claims jurisdiction over 48,000 dunams. E1 construction involves stealing private Palestinian land.
Israel wants it for residential housing, commerce, tourism, regional services, and other Jews-only development. Detailed plans were approved.
E1 and other settlement construction require land theft, home demolitions, forced dispossessions, and denying Palestinian self-determination.
In 1967, settlement construction began. It never stopped. Washington and other Western allies express rhetorical opposition only. Israel freely does what it wants. It governs with impunity.
Netanyahu dismisses world condemnation he knows has no teeth. Arrogantly he claims the right to keep "building in Jerusalem and (all other places) on the map of Israel's strategic interests."
International law and standards be damned. The same goes for world opinion. He considers himself above the law. He governs that way. Most Knesset members support him.
On January 22, reelection looks sure. Why worry when short-term he can do what he pleases. Longer-term becomes someone else's problem.
Passing it on he hopes lets him off the hook. It also helps Judaize all valued parts of Palestine Israel wants at the expense of displaced residents.
Headlines announced the latest. On December 17, 1,500 new East Jerusalem homes were approved. Netanyahu's office claimed it's not new construction. It's another stage of what's ongoing.
Jerusalem's District Planning and Construction Committee approved units in East Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo neighborhood.
Additional planning stages remain. Final authorization takes time. Reports said expect additional construction announcements.
Two days later one came. A new Jewish neighborhood will arise, it said. It'll be built south of East Jerusalem. It's over the Green Line.
More than 2,600 housing units are slated for what's called Givat Hamatos. It's a mobile home site. Unwanted Ethiopian immigrants used it.
It's near Har Homa. In 1997, it was controversial when Netanyahu approved it. It was during his first prime ministerial term.