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After several months of referring to settlement lands and the rest of the West Bank as "Palestinian territory", The New York Times appears to have departed from its tendentious language.

Indeed, the illegality of Israeli settlements is an open-and-shut case under global law.

A controversial bill that would legalize some settlements built on private Palestinian land is expected to be put to a final vote in the Israeli parliament.

The Jewish Home party said in a statement issued on Sunday that "half a million residents of Samaria, Judea, and the Jordan Valley deserve normal lives".

Israel's attorney-general has said it is unconstitutional and that he will not defend it at the Supreme Court.

Mladenov's statement reiterated that Israeli settlements are illegal under global law, adding that settlements and settlement expansion "present one of the main impediments to peace".

The bill would apply to 53 other outposts and homes within existing settlements recognised by Israel built on Palestinian land, according to Peace Now.

The Supreme Court a year ago determined that the entire outpost was built illegally and ordered it demolished.

US President Barack Obama (right) greets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during their bilateral meeting at United Nations headquarters, September 24, 2013.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later announced a new settlement would be established - the first in two decades - to make up for Amona.

The law is part of a series of pro-settlement steps taken in recent weeks by Israel's hard-line government, which has been emboldened by the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.

The bill passed on a vote of 60 to 52.

Our correspondent said that the Palestinian land owners could take their case to the Supreme Court as early as Tuesday.

Israel's parliament looks likely to approve a controversial bill to retroactively "legalise" illegal Jewish outposts built on privately owned Palestinian land, setting up inevitable confrontation with the global community.

But Jewish Home was inflexible.

The lengthy saga around Amona - including the evictions broadcast live on Israeli television - directly inspired the bill. The police later began dragging young protesters out of the building.

Oded Revivi, the chief foreign envoy of the Yesha settlers council, said his group "thanks the White House for asserting that our communities were never an impediment to peace".

"If adopted into law, it will have far-reaching legal consequences for Israel and greatly diminish the prospects for Arab-Israeli peace", he added.

Speaking to Israeli reporters on Monday about the contacts with the White House, Netanyahu said: "That requires that we do not surprise our friends and keep them updated - and the American administration has been updated".

During his presidential campaign, Trump said peace between Israel and the Palestinians could be achieved only through direct negotiations, indicating that he believes Israel shouldn't be allowed to act unilaterally.

Ben Nun said Netanyahu's support for the bill was an attempt to "divert the public debate" from corruption allegations levied against him, as well as a move to "satisfy the extreme right wing".

Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam said another bill to ban the use of loudspeakers in mosques to call for prayer failed to garner a majority of votes in the Knesset.

According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, "the American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years", presumably referencing the historically bipartisan USA support for UN Security Council Resolution 242, which established the "land-for-peace" paradigm undergirding all Arab-Israeli negotiations since 1967.


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