Palestinian presidency denies accepting new houses' building in West Bank

15:13, March 16, 2011      

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The Palestinian presidency on Tuesday reaffirmed its opposition to an Israeli decision to build homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank after deadly attack on a Jewish family there.

"The Palestinian position in public and in secret is firm; settlement construction is unacceptable," said Nabil Abu Rdineh, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, in a statement.

"The Palestinian position enjoys national, Arabic and international support and understanding," Abu Rdineh added.

Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported that 400 housing units would be built in settlements expected to remain within the borders of the Israeli state in any future peace deal with the Palestinians. The report said that the Israeli government approved the construction after coordinating with the United States and the Palestinian National Authority.

The constructions were in response to Saturday's attack in which five members of a Jewish family were stabbed to death in Itamar settlement near Nablus city. The perpetrators are not yet known.

U.S.-brokered peace talks stopped in September, when Israel resumed building settlements in the West Bank after a 10-month partial moratorium.

Source: Xinhua
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