Israel's Netanyahu to allow new settlement

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will approve building new illegal settler homes, an aide said.

Israel's Netanyahu to allow new settlement

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will approve building new illegal settler homes, an aide said on Friday.

Israel has still insisting to avoida call of U.S. President Barack Obama's administration to halt illegal settlement construction as it hopes to announce a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks this month but the building of settlements has been an obstacle.

The Netanyahu aide, who declined to be identified by name, said that after the several hundred housing unitsare authorised, the Israeli leader would be prepared to consider a moratorium on building, lasting a few months.

Israel is building some 2,500 housing units at West Bank settlements that are in various stages of their construction.

Palestinian officials say they will resume talks only if Israel stops all building within Jewish enclaves in the West Bank, in keeping with a 2003 U.S.-backed peace plan.

The World Court has ruled all settlements illegal under international law. The United States and European Union regard them as obstacles to peace.

Palestinians, who want their own state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, see the settlements as a land grab as an occupier "state".

Israel occupied East Jerusalem along with the rest of the West Bank, Gaza, the Sinai Peninsula, and the Golan Heights in June 1967. In 1980 Israel annexed the eastern half of Jerusalem, declaring the whole of the city it 'eternal capital,' a step rejected by the UN Security Council.


Reuters
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