KKL-JNF says proposal to okay West Bank land purchases backed by legal opinion

The Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) responds to the news that it will approve purchasing West Bank land to expand settlements, saying the proposal is supported by a legal opinion but that there is currently “no intention” to “open a new area in Judea and Samaria,” referring to the West Bank.

“Throughout the years and [up to] this very day, KKL-JNF has been operating in all parts of the land of Israel, including Judea and Samaria,” it says in a statement to The Times of Israel, using the biblical name for the West Bank. “The preliminary discussion, scheduled for Sunday, will revolve around general principles of action and will be based on a legal opinion that was requested and received during the previous management term.”

“At this stage, there is no intention of opening up a new area in Judea and Samaria,” it adds. “Regardless, KKL-JNF’s policy remains that every contribution for every project in Israel is confirmed by and coordinated in advance with its donor, in accordance with the laws of the donor’s country.”

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