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Now Israel abruptly suspends building West Bank settlements

west bank settlement


by Joseph Earnest  November 13, 2013


Newscast Media HOUSTON—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday abruptly halted a plan to explore the construction of nearly 24,000 new settler homes in the West Bank, just hours after his housing minister announced the controversial planning process.


According to France 24, in a statement issued Tuesday, Netanyahu said he had asked Housing Minister Uri Ariel "to reconsider" plans for potential construction of new homes for Jewish settlers noting that Ariel, a member of the pro-settlement Jewish Home Party, had drawn up the plan "without any advance coordination".

The Israeli leader's strongly worded statement said the plan was "a meaningless step – legally and in practice – and an action that creates an unnecessary confrontation with the international community at a time when we are making an effort to persuade elements in the international community to reach a better deal with Iran.''

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