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December 19, 2012

Israel gives the go ahead for more expansion in East Jerusalem

  • 3,400 more homes were authorized to be built on Palestinian land in east Jerusalem this morning, following yesterday’s authorization of 1,500 more, leaving just over 1,000 of the planned 6,000 new homes awaiting final authorization. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been largely dismissive of Western criticism of the latest settlement expansion, saying that to a cessation of development in Israel’s capital ”doesn’t make sense.” source
15:06 // 1 year ago
December 18, 2012

Israel is set to drastically expand its Palestinian settlements

  • 6,000 new homes will be built in the latest confirmed expansion of Israeli settlements into Palestinian territory, despite widespread condemnation of the decision by many Western powers.
  • 1,500 of the homes were given preliminary approval by the Israeli Interior Ministry on Monday, virtually guaranteeing that construction will begin in the very near future. Many suspect that the move is in direct retaliation to a UN vote to recognize the sovereignty of Palestine earlier this month, and top Israeli officials have gone on record to say they “removed [settlement] restrictions” as a result of the vote. source
16:41 // 1 year ago
September 27, 2011

Israeli officials approve new settlements in principle

  • 1,100 new Israeli settlements may be constructed source

» A tenuous situation: An Israeli planning committee has approved the expansion of the Gilo settlement of East Jerusalem, which has prompted much international concern that the peace process will suffer as a result. “Today’s decision … ignores the Quartet’s [the US, UN, EU and Russia] appeal of last Friday to the parties to refrain from provocative actions,” said a spokesman for UN special coordinator for Mid-East peace Robert Serry. The settlement expansion is still subject to public consultation before final approval.

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16:59 // 2 years ago