Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman previous year said Israel plans to demolish a chunk of Susiya, a small village near Hebron, and Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village near the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, parallel to plans to demolish unauthorized West Bank Jewish settlements. Some 50 families now live in the outpost.
Furthermore the hypocrisy of the Israeli government and its lobby groups who talk of "mediating and talking" when they ban and blacklist peaceful human rights organisations has been exposed.
Last year Israel barred World Council of Churches leader, Isabel Phiri, a citizen of Malawi living in Switzerland, due to the support of the WCC for the Palestinian struggle against Israeli Apartheid.
David Friedman tweeted Wednesday morning, as the Israeli military expanded its search for the killer or killers, including setting up roadblocks and checkpoints and entering Arab villages in the area.
Around 400,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank among some 2.6 million Palestinians.
Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a father of six children and resident of Havat Gilad, was shot multiple times in his neck and upper body in a drive-by shooting attack. "We bless the heroic Nablus operation which comes as a result of the Zionist occupation's violations and crimes at the expense of our people in the West Bank and Jerusalem".
He also condemned Hamas for welcoming the shooting and the Palestinian Authority for killed or imprisoned by the Israeli authorities.
Israeli security forces are searching for a suspected Palestinian gunman or gunmen who killed an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday.
Trump's December 6 announcement that he would move the U.S. embassy from Israel's commercial capital to Jerusalem enraged the Palestinians.
The approvals were given on Wednesday by a defence ministry committee with authority over settlement construction.
The Palestinians also see them as symbolically important after decades of yearning for elusive statehood and struggle against Israel's occupation.
The Palestinians want these areas - along with the Gaza Strip - for the establishment of a future Palestinian state.