Israel announced plans on Sunday to expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the south of the occupied West Bank, the military said.
“On the instructions of the political echelon... 4,000 dunams at (the settlement of) Gevaot is declared as state land,” the army said, adding that concerned parties have 45 days to appeal.
It said that the step stemmed from political decisions taken after the June killing of three Israeli teenagers snatched from a roadside in the same area, known to Israelis as Gush Etzion settlement bloc.
Israel has named three Palestinians from the southern West Bank city of Hebron as being behind the murders.
The Etzion settlements council welcomed Sunday's announcement and said it was the prelude to expansion of the current Gevaot settlement.
It "paves the way for the new city of Gevaot", a statement said.
Settlements watchdog Peace Now expressed alarm.
"As far as we know, this declaration is unprecedented in its scope since the 1980s and can dramatically change the reality in the Gush Etzion and the Bethlehem areas," it said.
This latest move in to the Occupied Territories, with the intent to build an entire new city, shows what the latest attacks against the Palestinians was all about: beating them down far enough so that they could resist the oppression.
It's like a strong, well fed, powerful pimp's abuse of a starving, homeless child so that they can't resist their own rape.
If the child tries to resist they slap them down repeatedly until they can't fight back. This is terrorism at it's worst and is solely done out of hate and greed.
Fuck you Israel and fuck all of you Zionist bastards that DARE support these actions and this fascist, neo-nazi government.