Israel all set to enlarge Jerusalem settlements

Jerusalem, November 15

Israel is moving forward on the construction of new homes for Jewish residents in a sensitive east Jerusalem neighbourhood, the country’s Housing Ministry and a settlement watchdog group said on Sunday. Tenders for more than 1,200 new homes in the Givat Hamatos area of Jerusalem were opened on Sunday.

The settlement watchdog group Peace Now and other critics say construction there would seal off the Palestinian city of Bethlehem from east Jerusalem, further cutting off access for the Palestinians to the eastern sector of the city, which they claim as capital of their hoped-for state. — PTI

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