Hamas, Fatah warn Israel after vote for ‘sovereignty over settled expanses’

Hamas has reacted strongly to a vote by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party to apply Israeli “sovereignty” to parts of the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank. Likud voted 31 December in favor of a non-binding resolution, asking Israeli law to be applied to “the freed settled expanses of the West Bank,” referring to the parts of the occupied land where Israel has built illegal settlements since 1967. The resolution also called for “unimpeded construction” there. The Palestinian resistance movement which administers the Gaza Strip said the resolution entailed “continued damage to the rights of Palestinians under American auspices, and will lead to greater resistance.”
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