Council approves next stage of controversial E1 project

Ignoring international pleas to halt E1 construction plans, the Higher Planning Council of Judea and Samaria approved the deposit of a plan for the controversial 3,500 apartments in an un-built area of the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement on Wednesday
European countries, the US, Australia and Brazil have harshly criticized Israel’s announcement Friday that it would advance building plans for an area of the West Bank which Palestinians believe is essential for their state.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, however, has said that building in E1 is the appropriate response to the United Nations General Assembly decision last week to upgrade the Palestinians’ status there to non-member observer state.