Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Israel approves 3,000 settlers homes in West Bank

Israel approved on Tuesday the construction of 3,000 housing units in West Bank settlements, amidst a spate of settlement expansion in the wake of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

According to a statement from Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the approval is "part of returning to normal life" in the West Bank, after some construction projects were put on hold during the term of Barack Obama's administration.

Their statement was released hours before the expected eviction of the illegal Jewish outpost of AMona, east of Ramallah, and was widely viewed by local media as a mean to appease hardline settlers.

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