Israel approves new 2,268 settlement units in W. Bank
By Abdel-Rauf Arnaut, Thursday, March 20, 2014
JERUSALEM – An Israeli committee on Thursday approved building permits for 2,269 settlement units in the occupied West Bank.
According to Yediot Aharonot newspaper, the committee approved validation of 1,015 housing units in Leshem, Beit El and Almog settlements.
Some 1,254 units have also been approved for the Ariel, Shvut Rachel and Shavei Shomron settlements, the newspaper said.
The constructions must get a final approval from Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon.
No official statement has yet been issued by the committee.
Washington-sponsored peace talks were resumed last July after a three-year hiatus.
Palestinians insist that Israeli settlement building must stop before a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian final-status agreement can be reached.
Both the U.N. and the U.S. consider Israeli settlement activity on occupied Palestinian land to be a breach of international law.
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