Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:40AM
The picture taken on September 27, 2016 shows the Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev in East Jerusalem al-Quds and the village of Anata in the occupied West Bank (top-right). (By AFP)
The picture taken on September 27, 2016 shows the Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev in East Jerusalem al-Quds and the village of Anata in the occupied West Bank (top-right). (By AFP)

A recent Israeli law legalizing construction of settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories has drawn a wave of condemnations from across the world.

Settlement construction in the West Bank has skyrocketed since Netanyahu took office in 2009, with 15,000 additional Israeli settlers moving into units on the West Bank in 2016 alone.

The international community considers the settlements illegal even if they are approved by Israeli legislators. The United Nations also consider them a major impediment of peace efforts between Israel and Palestine.