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Israel Plows Ahead With Controversial New West Bank Settlements

MIN READJul 15, 2021 | 19:14 GMT

The Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim is seen in the background of the photo of the West Bank’s E1 corridor taken on June 30, 2020.

The Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim is seen in the background of the photo of the West Bank’s E1 corridor taken on June 30, 2020.

(AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

The new Israeli government is pushing ahead with expansionist projects in the West Bank at the risk of provoking unrest among Palestinians and criticism from allies abroad. On July 15, the Israeli Defence Forces advanced plans to build 3,412 new apartments in the West Bank along the strategic E1 highway, which helps link East Jerusalem to the rest of the West Bank. The move allows the E1 settlement project to advance to Israel’s Higher Planning Committee, which could then greenlight the project and allow construction tenders to be issued. ...

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