Settlement Construction 311.
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CAIRO - Egypt's foreign minister condemned Israel on Friday for its decision to expand settlement building in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in response to the Palestinians' acceptance into UNESCO.
Israel decided to accelerate Jewish settlement building on Tuesday, the day after UNESCO awarded the Palestinians full membership of the UN cultural agency.
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"Egypt condemns the Israeli decision to accelerate the building of 1,000
units in east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank," Amr Ali said in a
Israel's decision was a "blow to all efforts exerted to reach a fair
settlement to the conflict and Palestinian issue" and also a provocation
The UNESCO decision was regarded as a diplomatic victory for the
Palestinian Authority, which has pushed to be recognized as a state at
Israel called the UNESCO decision a "tragedy" and the United States said it would stop its funding of the organization.