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Israel announces plans for new construction on disputed land
Israel announces plans for new construction on disputed land

After breaking for a turbulent summer, Israel’s parliament reconvened Monday for what looks to be a stormy autumn session against the backdrop of tensions with the United States and Palestinians, exacerbated by new plans for construction on disputed land. Unidentified officials from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Israel had decided to advance planning for 1,000 new housing units in Har Homa and Ramat Shlomo, both Jewish developments on lands the Palestinians claim for a future state. The announcement was framed by local media as a bid on Netanyahu’s part to placate hawkish elements in his government and gain some political respite from his...

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