Israel accelerates settlement construction

Israel accelerates settlement construction
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 9:05am

The Palestinian Authority is condemning Israel's decision to build more settlements in East Jerusalem and in the nearby West Bank. A spokesman for the Palestinian Authority called the move completely unacceptable.

Israel announced tuesday that it has ordered accelerated construction in the two locations. A statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said 2000 new apartments would be built. Actual construction would be years away because of planning and permit procedures.

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