World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey has condemned an Israeli plan to construct 283 new homes in Palestine's West Bank.
"Israel's illegal settlement units are totally unacceptable," read a statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Friday.
Israel issued tenders on Friday for 283 new housing units, according to the Israel Land Authority.
The move came after Israel's announcement to confiscate 988 acres of West Bank land last week.
Israeli settlement building in Jerusalem and the West Bank has recently swung into full gear after peace talks with the Palestinians collapsed earlier this year.
Palestinian negotiators insist that Israeli settlement building on Arab land must stop before any comprehensive peace agreement can be reached.
International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as "occupied territories" and considers all Jewish settlement building on the land illegal.
About 500,000 Israelis now live in more than one hundred Jewish-only settlements built since Israel seized the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.
The Palestinians want these areas, along with the Gaza Strip, for an eventual independent state of Palestine.Last Mod: 06 Eylül 2014, 09:22