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Israel planning mass expansion of West Bank settlement blocAkiva Eldar - Haaretz - Despite the state`s formal commitment not to expand West Bank settlements, a government agency has been promoting plans over the past two years to construct thousands of housing units east of the Green Line, Haaretz has learned. 28/2/2009
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Palestinian landowners kept in dark over Efrat settlement expansion Ma`an - The land at stake belongs to the Palestinian village of Artas, on the southern outskirts of Bethlehem. A catholic monastery is located just to the north of the land slated for confiscation. If the Israeli Defense Ministry approves it, the seizure of this land could result in a massive expansion of the settlement. By comparison, the village of Artas itself is only 13,500 dunams. 26/2/2009
Israel to open Hebron road to Palestinian traffic Ma`an/Breaking the Silence - The army announced that a major Hebron artery, which for the past ten years was closed to Palestinians and reserved solely to settlers and their guests, will be reopened to to Palestinian traffic. However, the human rights groups which had long been campaigning on this issue were cautious in their welcome - as in the past, similar announcements by the army were not implemented in practice.17/2/2009
Ackerman slams settlements, Israeli attitudesJTA - "Settler "pogroms," settlement building and Israeli intransigence are joined with Palestinian terrorism in a "downward spiral," a top U.S. Jewish congressman said."13/2/2009
Yesha Council revels in Lieberman`s successEfrat Weiss - YNET - `Elections proved consensus regarding two-state solution nothing more than corrupt spin,` settler leader says, adding Yisrael Beiteinu chairman `will be one of the strongest supporters of the settlement enterprise`13/2/2009
Mapping Israeli Settlements on the West BankEric Etheridge-The New York Times -"[W]henever you read or see a story where the Israeli government is presented as a counter balance to the “radical settler movement” you now know this is false. The Israeli government has been supporting and expanding the settlement project in the occupied territories all along, and it is now documented."6/2/2009
Israeli army "subcontracted" by extremist settlers Jonathan Cook - The Electronic Intifada - In a process one military historian has termed the rapid "theologization" of the Israeli army, there are now entire units of religious combat soldiers, many of them based in West Bank settlements. They answer to hardline rabbis who call for the establishment of a Greater Israel that includes the Occupied Palestinian Territories. 5/2/2009
Barak okays new West Bank settlement in return for evacuation of illegal outpost Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - "The new site is a kilometer away from the built-up section of the Adam settlement, located east of the separation fence." http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1061358.html id 4/2/2009
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Bad news from a new neighborhood Editorial - Haaretz - "The only purpose of Mevasseret Adumim is to break up the West Bank, ruin ties between Jerusalem and Ramallah, and wreck the last chance of reaching a peaceful settlement." http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1060822.html id2/2/2009
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West Bank settlement gets green light for massive expansionNadav Shragai - Haaretz - "Some 1,700 dunams of land in the northern part of Efrat were declared state land last week, paving the way for the West Bank settlement to start the process of seeking government approval to build there"16/2/2009
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