"On the instructions of the political echelon... 4,000 dunams at (the settlement of) Gevaot is declared as state land," the army department charged with administering civil affairs in occupied territory said, adding that concerned parties have 45 days to appeal.
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.
Israel's actions in Gaza have overshadowed the reality in the West Bank of continued expansion of settlements and continued theft of land. These are not the actions of a nation that is remotely interested in peace, they are the actions of a colonial power, constantly expanding at the expense of the indigenous peoples.