50 houses to go up in West Bank

Israel defies US by continuing construction in its settlements

The Israeli Defence Ministry has approved the building of 50 new homes in West Bank settlements despite U.S. calls for a halt on construction. This comes as Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak travels to the US for talks meant to end a clash between the two countries over settlement issues. Israel seized the West Bank from Palestinians during the six-day war in 1967, and 2,500 Israeli homes are currently under construction in the territory. But Israel could be softening its hard-line position. Barak said Sunday that his government may agree to a three-month moratorium on all construction within settlements.


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