Israel approves 560 new homes in West Bank settlement

Part of the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem, pictured on November 11, 2009Israel has approved 560 new homes for the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, a spokesman for the settlement said Monday, in a move likely to further raise tensions following a series of Palestinian attacks. The Maale Adumim mayor was on Sunday night officially informed of the decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman to allow the planning of the homes in the settlement east of Jerusalem, the spokesman told AFP. According to media reports, Netanyahu also gave approval for the planning of 240 new homes in east Jerusalem settlement neighbourhoods, as well as for 600 units for Palestinians in the city’s Beit Safafa district.

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