Israel PM approves 300 settler homes in occupied West Bank

Israeli security forces stand guard as bulldozers, under an Israeli High Court ruling, start the demolition of buildings in the settlement of Beit El on July 29, 2015Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved Wednesday the "immediate" construction of 300 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as his government came under pressure from right-wing Jewish groups. A senior Palestine Liberation Organisation official denounced the plans to build new homes as "war crimes" and accused Israel of sabotaging peace efforts. West Bank settlements are major impediments to peace negotiations with the Palestinians, who see the land as part of a future independent state, and Western nations have called on Israel to halt such projects.


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