Gantz blocks Netanyahu’s ‘irresponsible’ push to legalize West Bank outposts

PM reportedly tried to add recognition of 6 illegal settlements to cabinet’s agenda a day before Biden inauguration

After the government approved almost 800 new housing units in West Bank settlements this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday tried to also legalize six unrecognized outposts, but was thwarted by Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

The proposal came a day before the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden, potentially further complicating the start of Jerusalem’s relations with the new administration. The approval of the settler homes has received widespread international attention and been condemned by the Palestinians, the European Union and the UN, among others.