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Hebrew מַשְׂכִּיּוֹת
(Translit.) Maskiyot
Founded by Nahal
Council Bik'at HaYarden
Region West Bank
Coordinates 32°19′2.63″N 35°30′7.92″E / 32.3173972°N 35.5022°E / 32.3173972; 35.5022Coordinates: 32°19′2.63″N 35°30′7.92″E / 32.3173972°N 35.5022°E / 32.3173972; 35.5022

Maskiot (Hebrew: מַשְׂכִּיּוֹת‎, lit. Pictures) is an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Located in the northern Jordan Valley, it falls under the jurisdiction of Bik'at HaYarden Regional Council.

It was founded as a Nahal settlement, and in July 2008 it was reportedly close to being expanded. According to Israeli Radio, the expansion was part of a deal between settlers in Israeli Outposts established without the permission of the Israeli Government and the Israeli Defense Ministry.[1] Many of Maskiot's residents are planned to be settlers previously evicted from Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip as part of Israel's unilateral disengagement plan.[2] Twenty housing units will be built for evacuees of Shirat HaYam.[3]

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was "deeply concerned" over the new Maskiot plan, whereas the British government said it was "dismayed". A spokesman for US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that the settlement expansion was "not helpful", and "inconsistent with Israel's commitment to the roadmap".[4]


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