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The decrease comes as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currying favor with his right-wing to show that he is strong on settlement construction.
“Yesterday I promised that we would establish a new settlement point in Binyamin in response to the serious attacks. Today we do it.”
The including of the three communities on the list “is a clear statement by the government that it will continue to develop and strengthen the settlements [in Judea and Samaria],” Gallant said.
Construction of 1,500 housing units in Ramat Shlomo are being delayed by 3 weeks, despite PM's promise of unchanged policy.
By HERB KEINON AND DANIEL K. EISENBUD
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Palestinians refused to hold direct negotiations with Israel until it halts construction in W. Bank, east Jerusalem.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
Abbas says Israeli response unsatisfactory, threatens going to the United Nations again.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH AND HERB KEINON
Low expectations as Palestinian PM is expected to hand over letter; Abbas reiterates he has no intention of dissolving the PA.
By HERB KEINON AND KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Intervention by Netanyahu on matter is not something that could have been done quietly since Interior Ministry is in hands of Shas.
By HERB KEINON
‘Samaria Plan’ calls to solve housing shortage by expanding settlements near Green Line.
By BEN HARTMAN
Netanyahu tells Jerzy Buzek 30 UN states should oppose Palestinian statehood bid; US, EU officials in Israel work to stop UN move.
By T. LAZAROFF, G. HOFFMAN AND H. LEILA KREIGER
German FM says "Unilateral steps are counterproductive, we ask everyone not to go on this path"; source close to Netanyahu: Stopping Hamas-Fatah unity deal key to resuming talks; PM set to defend policies in Knesset.
J'lem Institute for Israel Studies says building in e. Jerusalem neighborhood may hurt peace talks, stand in contrast to strategic interests.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
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