Israel won’t dismantle settlements: Bibi

File photo shows an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that the illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank will not be dismantled if he is reelected.

In an interview with the Israeli daily Maariv on Friday, the Israeli premier said, “We haven’t uprooted any settlements, we have expanded them.”

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem). Much of the international community considers the settlements illegal.

The latest Israeli plans to build more settler units have also been censured by many countries.

The Maariv report was published a day after Israeli police took down a tent camp that had been set up by Palestinians in the West Bank in protest against the Tel Aviv regime’s plans to construct a large settlement there.

On January 16, an Israeli court issued a ruling that permitted the Tel Aviv regime forces to remove the tents set up at E1 area near al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The Palestinians had received the court’s temporary injunction allowing them to keep the encampment. However, Netanyahu called for the decision to be reversed.

Netanyahu’s Likud Party is expected to win a majority of seats in the general elections which will be held on January 22.