Israel plans 20 000 West Bank homes

2013-11-12 20:47
A settlers' movement called Eretz Shalom (Land of Peace) is trying to bring both sides of the Palestinian conflict together to soothe some of the open wounds. (AP)

A settlers' movement called Eretz Shalom (Land of Peace) is trying to bring both sides of the Palestinian conflict together to soothe some of the open wounds. (AP)

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Jerusalem - Israel plans to build 20 000 new settler homes in the West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Tuesday, the biggest batch of tenders since peace talks restarted.

"The housing ministry announced tenders for the planning of 20 000 settler homes," Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer told Israeli public radio.

But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office stressed he had opposed some 1 200 of the homes slated for construction in the highly contentious area of the West Bank known as E1.

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