Israel plans new settlements

2011-03-13 13:50

Jerusalem - Israel said on Sunday it has okayed hundreds of new settler homes after a gruesome weekend attack in which five Israelis, three of them children, were murdered in their beds in the West Bank.

The ministerial committee for settlements, which met late on Saturday, approved construction of several hundred units across in Gush Etzion, Maale Adumim, Ariel and Kiryat Sefer, a statement from the bureau of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

All four are among the biggest settlement blocs in the West Bank.

The decision was taken just 24 hours after five members of the Fogel family, living in Itamar settlement near the northern city of Nablus, were stabbed to death in their beds in a frenzied attack late on Friday.

The victims included a three-month-old Hadas, Elad, 4, Yoav, 11 and their parents Udi and Ruthie who were both in their 30s.

Two of the couple's three other young children were not harmed in the attack which was discovered late on Friday by their 12-year-old daughter Tamar after she returned from a youth activity, settler sources said.

The bloodshed sparked an angry response from the Israeli leadership, and a wave of international condemnation, including from Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and prime minister Salam Fayyad.

It was not immediately clear how many people were involved in the attack, with Israeli officials saying they believe a number of Palestinians were behind it.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-03-13 15:56

    Now if that is not incitement I'm not sure what is. Typical bully-boy attitude of cowards backed by the US. Why can't both these so called 'wonderful' religions not co-exist, is their faith so weak they are afraid they might be infected by each other? I wonder if they tolerate gays or will they also infect their kids?

      Gary - 2011-03-13 17:18

      would love to see your reaction if crazed islam terrorists stabbed your friends and family? what would your reaction be? Israel is a democracy and Palestinians are from Jordon - they need to go back to their homeland and stop causing trouble in the Israelis land - God bless Israel

  • Jaimo - 2011-03-13 16:27

    This demonic,savage and barbaric murder shows the nature from where it comes. .. To the depths of murdering infants in their sleep!! The cowardly jihad propaganda and hate projection against Israel among Arabs and hate media on their TV and in their schools must be stopped! Israel you have full right to build your returning peoples homes and to keep peace, security and order. VIVA ISRAEL Sypathy to the berieved. Sympathy to the berieved and suffering in Japan. Sympathy.

  • dplessis - 2011-03-13 18:28

    The reaction of the Israeli government is a pit - pure spite and infantile. One would have hoped by now they have better tacticts. As for all thos who condemn Israel - you seem to be silent on this - novt even a squeek out of Bishop Tutu who is ready to denounce Israel whenever the opportunity presents.

  • horst.o.muller - 2011-03-13 18:48

    This act of murder must be condemned in the strongest terms, but at the same time I cannot approve of Israels expansion into the west bank. This was not part of the 1948 agreement. Expansion will only create more bad blood and will lead to the US being unwilling to support that state any further.

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