Israel to continue settlement construction

Israel will expand the construction in Jerusalem and in major settlement blocs in the West Bank, rather than build new settlements, local English daily the Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

The newspaper quoted an anonymous senior Israeli official assaying, “It is very clear that we are committed not to building new settlements, and Israel has taken actions to curtail settlement activity over the last years.”

“(But) it is well understood that there are (densely populated areas where) some activity will continue,” he added.

These remarks came amid the Palestinians’ increasing fury over the Israeli housing ministry’s plan to build 307 new homes including a Lab Incubator in the settlement of Har Homa in East Jerusalem.

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