ISRAEL has approved the construction of more than 1100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, an NGO has said.

A total of 1122 new housing units had been approved in 20 settlements and outposts, a spokesman for Peace Now told The Independent.

In a statement, the group said: “The government is attempting to destroy the possibility of a two-state solution and the prospects of peace by building more and more in the settlements.

“This agenda runs counter to Israel’s national interest, as well as the interests of everyone who seeks a peaceful future in the region.”

Earlier this week, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said authorities would approve the construction of 1285 housing units to be built this year.

He also said authorities were due to start advance planning for 2500 others in about 20 settlements.


Read the full article by Samuel Osborne of The Independent, at the Sunshine Coast Daily.

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