Haaretz Hebrew newspaper revealed that Israeli authorities decided to annex Maale Adumim settlement despite postponing vote on the settlement bill at the Knesset.
Israeli bulldozers have already started, over the past few weeks, works to link between Maale Adumim settlement and occupied Jerusalem, the paper said.
Postponing vote on annexing Maale Adumim at the Knesset was just a diplomatic attempt to avoid the international community’s criticism, according to the sources.
The paper quoted an Israeli pro-settlement association official as saying that a new junction has been established to facilitate movement between the settlement and occupied Jerusalem.
A new tunnel has been also established to alleviate the overcrowding in the area and facilitate movement between the northern and southern neighborhoods of Jerusalem, the sources added.
The paper pointed out that Israeli authorities seek to demolish the Palestinian Khan al-Ahmar village for the same purpose, recalling that dozens of demolition notifications were distributed in that village last month.
(Source / 22.03.2017)