The Israeli government is moving forward on plans to build 336 new settlement homes in defiance of the international community. According to the plan, 294 of the homes will be built outside of Jerusalem, another 42 will be build outside of the West Bank city of Nablus. Palestinians said Israel’s move to build more settlements hardened their resolve to seek statehood recognition from the United Nations. Hagit Ofran of the Israeli group Peace Now also criticized the new settlements.
Hagit Ofran, Peace Now: “The government of Israel is expanding the settlements despite the fact that it’s against the Israeli interest and against the declarations of the government that we are going to peace. This construction in settlements now pushes the Palestinians to go unilaterally to the U.N.”
(www.democracynow.org / 19.07.2011)