Israeli official promises more settlement construction to come


ariel_340_220The Jerusalem Post Israeli newspaper reported Wednesday that Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel promised that Israel will continue to build over the Green Line.

“We will continue to build over the Green Line, even during the negotiations. Israel doesn’t need any special reason to build,” Ariel said during an interview with Israel’s Army Radio.

Israeli government has recently announced its intention to publish tenders for 1,187 new settler homes over the pre-1967 lines.

The move, which is considered as a snub to America and the upcoming peace negotiations with the Palestinians, came a day before Tuesday night’s controversial release of 26 Palestinian prisoners as the first phase of a larger prisoner release that will eventually total 104.

It’s worth mentioning that renewed peace talks were set to begin later on Wednesday afternoon between Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

Ariel added in the interview, “There is no area where we will not build, and there is no area where will allow someone to dictate to us whether or not to build.”

(Source / 14.08.2013)

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