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. 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. Twenty housing units will be built for evacuees of  Shirat HaYam.
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".
W Bank homes 'close to approval' BBC News, 24 July 2008
Weiss, Efrat (September 6, 2009). "New Settlement Being Built in Jordan Valley". Ynetnews . http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3772706,00.html . Retrieved 2009-09-07.
Glickman, Aviad (September 6, 2009). "Corner-Stone Laying Ceremony for E1 Neighborhood Downgraded". Ynetnews . http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3772969,00.html . Retrieved 2009-09-07. ↑
Land battle in the Jordan Valley BBC News, 5 August 2008
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