Israel Approves 1,842 New Settlers’ Homes in Southern Jerusalem

14.04.11 – 17:51 Jerusalem – PNN – The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee announced new plans on Thursday to build 900 new houses in the settlement of Gilo, located between the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem and nearby Jerusalem, just one day after uprooting 942 houses in the same settlement on Wednesday. Image After those two approved plans, Gilo settlement would expand on its southern side by 1,842 houses at the expense of the nearby village of al-Walajeh.

The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks reached a dead end two weeks after beginning in Se 2010 when Israel refused to freeze construction of West Bank settlements. Commentators view the new construction plans in Gilo and other settlements as further obstacles to any effort to revive the negotiations.

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