Israel's Likud party approves to resume settlement construction after September

09:01, June 25, 2010      

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The central committee of the Israeli Likud party on Thursday approved a proposal to resume construction of the Jewish settlements after a 10-month moratorium which will expire in September.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also the chairman of the major party in Israel's ruling coalition, did not attend the voting in the day, local media reported.

However, the premier has nodded the proposal raised by the right section of the party, local daily Ha'aretz quoted a senior Likud member as saying.

Under pressure from the U.S. Obama administration, Netanyahu announced last November a limited, 10-month moratorium on new housing projects in the West Bank settlements.

But he stressed that the construction limits will not be implemented in predominantly Arab East Jerusalem.

The premier has repeatedly asserted before that the limitation order is temporary, while the settlement construction will be resumed after the 10-month validity period.

The settlements construction has been a sensitive issue between Israel and its Palestinian neighbor. The Palestinians have vowed to withdraw from the U.S.-brokered proximity talks if Israel continues its construction activities in the occupied territories.

Source: Xinhua


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