Netanyahu cancels E1 building tenders as Housing Ministry plans for more than 20,000 settlement units

November 12, 2013 19:51


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The Housing Ministry last week made plans to build nearly 24,000 more settlement homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, Israeli media reported Tuesday.

In light of ongoing peace negotiations with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday cancelled an estimated 1,200 tenders for housing units in the area known as E1 in response to plans for settlement construction in the area between Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim.

Sources close to Netanyahu said the premier's response came as "there is no need to pay an international price for a process that has no real meaning," Israel Radio reported.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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