(MENAFN) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has softened his stance on returning to four abandoned settlements in the occupied West Bank following the repeal of a 2005 law that dismantled them. This decision came amidst significant backlash from the international community, with the Biden administration summoning Israel's ambassador to Washington, and Jordan's parliament voting to expel Israel's envoy over the conduct of a minister.
The Knesset's vote to revoke the law has been seen as a discriminatory act that has humiliated Jews by preventing them from living in the area known as "northern Samaria," as it is referred to in the biblical context of the West Bank.
However, Netanyahu emphasized that his government has no intentions of constructing new settlements in these areas. This move by Netanyahu has been perceived as an attempt to assuage the concerns of the international community and prevent further escalation of tensions in the already volatile region.
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