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Press Trust Of India
Jerusalem, December 01, 2012
A day after Palestine won a historic UN vote upgrading its status to a non-member observer state, Israel today unveiled plans to build 3,000 more Jewish homes, including in controversial areas that would sharply divide the West Bank, severely hampering prospects of peace. Israel’s hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in consultation with his inner cabinet, ordered that 3,000 new housing units be constructed in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, including through advancing long-frozen project for the so called E1 area which covers territory that links the city of Jerusalem with the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim.

If implemented, the controversial project would prevent territorial contiguity between the northern and southern West Bank, making it difficult for a future Palestinian state to function.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned the Israeli announcement, saying Jerusalem was “defying the whole international community and insisting on destroying the two-state solution.”