Israel revives plan for settler homes
Added Date: 12/4/2012 9:18:26 AM
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Israel has revived a plan to construct 1,600 new settler homes in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ramat Shlomo that was first announced in 2010

"In the next two weeks the interior ministry's district committee for Jerusalem will convene to discuss the objections to the programme that was approved for deposit over two years ago," interior ministry spokeswoman Efrat Orbach told AFP.

"The committee will then have to decide which of the objections -- if any -- it accepts, and make changes accordingly," she added, in reference to concerns raised by the public.

The Ramat Shlomo project was initially announced on March 9, 2010, as US Vice President Joe Biden met top Israeli officials in Jerusalem to boost Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Ramat Shlomo is a Jewish settlement in the mainly Arab eastern sector of Jerusalem which Israel seized in 1967 and later annexed in a move not recognised by the international community.

Hagit Ofran of Israel's settlement watchdog denounced the decision to advance the Ramat Shlomo plans.

"The government is continuing to advance anything they can," she told AFP. "They're doing everything they can to avoid a two-state solution."







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