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Israeli building plan clouds talks Al Jazeera - "The Knesset later today [Thursday] is expected to vote on the 2008 budget and in that budget is approximately $25 million that will go to the building of new housing units in the illegal settlements of Maale Adumim and Har Homa." 27/12/2007
Hebron, Tuesday, 25.12.07, PMRoni Hammermann - Machsomwatch - " we arrived at the Disputed House in Hebron, which has been taken over by settlers in March 2007 and has not been evacuated since then. Although the settlers are prevented by a court order to renovate the house we could see that nevertheless intensive building activity was under way and that the whole facade has been exchanged with new stones. Obviously, the settlers were preparing for a long and permanent presence" 27/12/2007
Gov`t may declare intention to evacuate outposts ahead of Bush`s visitRoni Sofer -- YNET -- learns government officials, settler leaders agree on peaceful evacuation of several illegal outposts ahead of US president`s visit in country in two weeks` time, in bid to alleviate American pressure24/12/2007
Israel `examines` new settlement Al Jazeera - "Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, called on the international community to pressure Israel to halt settlement expansion."Israel has to choose between continued settlements expansion and a commitment to peace," he told Al Jazeera."It cannot continue to talk peace while continuing to unilaterally change facts on the ground." 20/12/2007
Young Israelis Resist Challenges to Settlements Isabel Krshner - New York Times - `Mrs. Amar last visited her orchards in early November, to try to pick a few olives. She was chased away by the settlers, she said. Yedidya suggests that Mrs. Amar could move to Jordan or Egypt or one of the other Arab states. “God gave this to us,” he said. `11/12/2007
Thousands of right-wing activists mark Hanukkah with new outpostsEfrat Weiss -- YNET -- Police allow pro-settlement activists to march from Ma`aleh Adumim to neighborhood on outskirts of E-1 land swath. Ma`aleh Adumim deputy-mayor: `Condoleezza Rice won`t tell us what to do in our own country.` Meanwhile settler leader Pinchas Wallerstein called in for questioning by police 10/12/2007
Illegal Construction in the Settlements : December 2007Peace Now - Figures recently received by the Movement from the Civil Administration reveals an unprecedented picture regarding the scope of illegal construction in the settlements. The findings include information on thousands of illegal structures, thousands of demolition orders that have never been realized, the role of public figures and companies in the construction of illegal structures throughout the West Bank6/12/2007
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Krystallnacht in Funduk – report from a visit to the village on 1 December 2007 Ziona Snir -Translated for Occupation Magazine by George Malent - " On 19 November at 8:00 in the evening, hundreds of settlers streamed into the village accompanied by soldiers, and they began to conduct a pogrom that lasted until 1:00 in the morning. Not one of the villagers’ cars was left without a smashed window. The settlers slashed dozens of tires, threw stones into houses and shattered windows, and also tried to break into houses. " 5/12/2007
Till Settlement Freezes Over Olmert`s real dilemma is that he`d like to move forward on peace negotiations while postponing an internal Israeli showdown with extremists. No one knows how violent that showdown could become. In this respect, the prime minister has a great affinity with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, who would love to make a deal with Israel while avoiding another internal battle with Palestinian hardliners. The reality is that neither can achieve an agreement with the other without being much tougher on the home front. 1/12/2007
Settlements have to Go Joharah Baker - MIFTAH- "in order to fully understand why both sides are so adamant in their positions when it comes to West Bank settlements (and that, by the way includes those illegally built in east Jerusalem), it is imperative to understand their significance, to both Israel and the Palestinians." 27/12/2007
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