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Israeli panel recommends state legalize West Bank outposts, says territory not occupied

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2010 file photo the remains of a house demolished by Israeli police stand in a West Bank outpost next the Jewish settlement of Bracha. A government-appointed committee has recommended that Israel legalize dozens of unsanctioned West Bank settlement outposts, a member of the panel said Monday, July 9, 2012, in defiance of international opposition to settling on land the Palestinians want for their future state.(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)
July 09, 2012 - 2:32 AM

JERUSALEM - A government-appointed committee is recommending that Israel legalize dozens of unauthorized West Bank settlement outposts.

Committee member Alan Baker says the panel believes Israel has the right to settle the West Bank because the territory is not occupied.

The international community does not accept that view and says settlements hinder peacemaking.

Baker said Monday the outposts were not authorized because government officials froze approvals under international pressure. He said the panel thinks the approval process should be completed.

Baker says the committee concluded the West Bank is not occupied because it has no sovereign power.

Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan in 1967. Jordan had annexed it in 1948 in a move not recognized by most of the international community, but renounced all claims to the territory in 1988.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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