Palestinians hold their country's national flag as they attend an anti-Israeli rally south of Gaza City, October 13, 2017. (

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (03:10 PM) – Both Fatah and Hamas, the two biggest political movements in Palestine, have reacted strongly to an internal vote by Israeli ruling party Likud on the so-called “sovereignty over settled expanses”.

Said vote by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party essentially called for the total annexation of all illegally constructed Zionist settlements in the West Bank, as well as for the further expansion of further colonies on Palestinian soil.

The vote was passed by the central committee of Likud on Sunday, and is so far a non-binding resolution. The resolution has an advisory function to the Israeli parliament, asking the lawmakers to officially extend Israeli law to what Likud called the “freed settled expanses of the West Bank,” as well as allowing “unimpeded construction there.

Palestinian political and resistance movement Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip area, claimed the decision will bring “continued damage to the rights of Palestinians under American auspices, and will lead to greater resistance.”

Meanwhile Fatah, the party of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas that administers the non-occupied parts of the West Bank, stated that “The decision of the Likud party to impose Israeli control over the occupied West Bank represents an end to the remnants of the peace process unilaterally.”

The Israeli colonies in the West Bank are in violation of international law and are not recognised by any exterior nation in the world. Even the Israeli regime itself still does not officially claim the settlements as part of its territory. Despite this, the settlement construction has proceeded unhindered for most of the time, and has received continued support from Tel Aviv, with only short token moratoriums interrupting the constructions.

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