At the start of the year, Israel began construction on a major expansion project in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, as part of a long-standing settlement strategy.
In a move that was widely condemned by the international community, the Israeli authorities declared the new settlement “Gost” in response to a UN resolution in 2015 that called for it to be called “Gona,” or “Givat.”
The Gost project was also dubbed “Goliath” or “Palestine,” after the biblical name of the biblical land where the biblical “gog” (g) is derived.
The construction of Goliath is a sign of Israel’s determination to create a contiguous and unified Jewish state, as well as the continued expansion of the Jewish settlement enterprise in the region.
On Monday, Israel announced the construction of a new settlement outpost on Golioth, the site of the Gona outpost, in the area known as the Golan Heights.
This is the second such outpost announced this year.
Last week, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced that he would not approve the Goliad construction plan.
The Palestinian Authority has called for the expulsion of all Israeli settlers in the Golisheh area.
On Wednesday, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn Israel for the Goliath settlement plan.
“The Israeli government’s actions violate international law and will only increase the suffering of the Palestinian people,” the Palestinian delegate to the UN Security Council, Riyad Mansour, said in a statement.
The United States, Israel, Egypt, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Canada also called on Israel to immediately halt the construction and demolition of the planned Goliaths.
The UN has said the Israeli plan violates international law.
The Israeli government has also appealed the decision by the UN.
Israeli authorities say the Gost settlement project will bring economic and cultural benefits to the area and contribute to the “sustainable development of the entire occupied Palestinian territory.”
The UN’s human rights commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, said the international body “is committed to protecting the right of every country to develop and to establish a viable state in accordance with international law.”
In an address to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, Liberman also said Israel’s plans to expand the Gomorrah Jewish settlement project and the expansion of Golishes new outpost in the West Bank were “an attack on the dignity of the state of Palestine.”
The US has also expressed concern about the Goma settlement, which was built by Israeli forces on Palestinian land, which has been under UN oversight since 1967.