Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved the marketing of land for the construction of 454 homes in two settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, a government official said on Tuesday....The building of 436 of the housing units, in the settlement of Ramat Shlomo on land Israel occupied in a 1967 war, was approved in 2012. But the project was later frozen after criticism from Washington and the European Union....In a statement, the Palestinian Authority condemned the Israeli plan and settlement-building as a whole as a "flagrant violation of international law" aimed at preventing the establishment of a Palestinian state....Since Oct. 1, Israeli forces and settlers have killed at least 78 Palestinians, 45 of whom Israel alleges were carrying out or were about to commit attacks. At least 14 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
peace-loving Israel strikes again
While world attention was largely directed elsewhere, Israel moved deftly Monday to realize 454 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem that international pressure had successfully put on hold in the past.