Report slams Israeli settlement policy (2)

09:44, July 07, 2010      

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Dayan denied the 42 percent area claim. "The correct figure is 9.19 percent, with a third of that amount being agricultural lands in the Jordan Valley," Dayan said. He charged B'Tselem with holding "an extremist political agenda," and dismissed the report' s statistics as "not having reliability."

But B'Tselem stands by the figures, and countered that: "Danny Dayan accuses B'Tselem of lying, but, in actual fact, he himself is providing wrong information and misleading information to the media," said B'Tselem spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli.

Although the report was released the same day as Netanyahu's planned meeting with the U.S. President Barack Obama, Michaeli said there was no connection, and the project had been "in the pipeline for months."

The issues raised in the report may come up in Netanyahu's meeting with Obama. Israeli officials have alluded to variations on the idea of an extension of a unilateral 10-month construction moratorium, set to end on Sept. 26.

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