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A day after leader meets Kerry, Israel says it will soon announce new settlement construction
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 24, 2013 2:23 PM EDT
A senior Israeli official says the country will announce new plans for West Bank settlement construction in the coming months.
Palestinians consider settlements a major obstacle to establishing a state that includes the West Bank and east Jerusalem, territories Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 war. Israel has since built dozens of settlements that are now home to about 550,000 Israelis. The Americans typically criticize any new settlement construction plans.
But the Israeli official, speaking anonymously because no announcement has been made yet, says the Americans and Palestinians are aware of the Israeli intention.