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    Israel Announces New Settlement Plans

    FILE - Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel, center, speaks to journalists during ceremony marking resumption of construction in east Jerusalem.
    FILE - Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel, center, speaks to journalists during ceremony marking resumption of construction in east Jerusalem.
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    Israel has announced plans to build about 1,500 more settlement homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in response to the Palestinians' formation of a unity government.
     
    Israel's housing ministry announced the new construction plans on Thursday. According to Israeli news reports, housing minister Uri Ariel said the move was an Israeli government response to the establishment of a Palestinian government that includes Hamas.
     
    Israel and the United States consider Hamas a terrorist organization.
     
    Palestinians oppose Israeli construction on land they want as part of a future state.
     
    On Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in the new unity government between Hamas and Fatah, the two groups that have separately governed the Gaza Strip and the West Bank for years.
     
    The installation followed an agreement the Palestinian sides had made in April that called for political cooperation.
     
    On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government would not negotiate with any Palestinian group that included Hamas. He called the group a terrorist organization that has called for the destruction of Israel.

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    by: LOREEN from: KENYA
    June 08, 2014 12:55 PM
    The land belongs to Israel, i support the construction of new houses. The formaton and reconstrion of Israel was Prophesised long ago by Ezekiel,Surelry the end of age is near.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    June 06, 2014 1:56 PM
    Build Israel, Repair the walls of Jerusalem: how can you live in fine houses while the house of the Lord is in ruins? The land belongs to Israel. At least 3000 years ago there was David king over the land, and 2000 years ago when Jesus was traversing the land of Israel, there was no mention of Palestine. Why did Lebanon and Jordan reject this people being forced on Israel to accept today? Israel should not base its construction approval on anything other than that the land belongs to Israel, and Israel reserves the right to build anywhere, accommodate anybody, or cede it to anybody of their choice. Terrorism should not be condoned under any guise, not even by a purported unity government. Before any unity government, Hamas must denounce violence, accept Israel's right to be, and subject itself to proper Palestinian rule. Then and only then will Israel decide to accept or welcome it back into the fold. Failing which Israel should go full hog to declare and reclaim ownership of the land of Israel that dates back to prehistoric times, at least 1436BC.

    by: Gee from: Zikron Yaakov
    June 06, 2014 11:54 AM
    These are not new - they have been announced 5 times already and the land belongs to Israel. The Arabs are whining because they are not allowed to steal the entire Middle East

    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
    June 06, 2014 12:32 AM
    The leaders of the IC needs to go back to history and play a fair game here. They shouldn't start from the Balfour declaration which was dated 1917. Cuz Israel was there before 1917. That land has always been for the Jews. Now if the IC doesn't want to play a fair game, how do they expect us to value them? How do they except people to respect them? If you want to be a leader, then you as a leader has to stand for what you belief. If not, then we all are heading for the wrong direction. And it is the path of destruction in the Middle East. Cuz Israel will not sit there and certain group of people decide their future. It is time that we all look at this Middle East crease from a broad perspective. not from a sympathy perspective. Cus the bottom line is, the land is not for the Arab. Go back to history. I can assure you, we join with the Jewish people in their struggle for their ancient home land. The Jews has the right to build in that land. God Bless Israel

    by: niranjan from: india
    June 05, 2014 11:57 AM
    it appears that proxy war of plestinian will world war3 . they are forcing isrial to flow blood of muslim so that they can attract galf countries to distroy israil.

    by: God from: Heaven
    June 05, 2014 5:23 AM
    Boycott now

    by: Palestine:'( from: America
    June 05, 2014 3:22 AM
    The Jews will never accept a Palestinian group even if its leaders were sent from God. They will never give our land back.

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