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Israel to build 1,600 more settler homes - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Israel to build 1,600 more settler homes - Middle East - Al Jazeera EnglishIsrael's interior minister has given final approval for the construction of 1,600 new settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem, his spokesman said.Eli Yishai will also approve 2,700 more homes shortly, Roei Lachmanovich, the spokesman, told the AFP news agency on Thursday.Palestinians have refused to take part in peace talks while the Israeli government continues to construct settlements in the occupied West Bank.Lachmanovich said the construction of 1,600 units woud take place in the Ramat Shlomo neighbourhood in northern East Jerusalem."He has approved 1,600 homes in Ramat Shlomo and will approve 2,000 more in Givat Hamatos and 700 in Pisgat Zeev," Lachmanovich said, referring to two additional israeli neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem.Lachmanovich said the final approvals were "economic" not political, linking the interior minister's decision to demonstrations over housing …

Big Brother Has Arrived by Philip Giraldi -- Antiwar.com

Big Brother Has Arrived by Philip Giraldi -- Antiwar.com
Leading neoconservative Richard Perle has said that one of the many reasons he admires the Israelis is the moral clarity that they exhibit on the issue of terrorism. What exactly that means is not itself clear, but it would appear to be a carte blanche for any and all Israeli punitive responses to groups that question Tel Aviv’s legitimacy. Perle has never criticized Israelis for disproportionality or for committing war crimes. He has only admonished them when, in his opinion, they have not gone far enough.