Sunday, January 13, 2013

Israeli PM says he’ll move ahead with Jewish settlement seen as blow to Palestinian statehood

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to move ahead with building a Jewish settlement in a strategic area of the West Bank, speaking just hours after Israeli troops dragged anti-settlement protesters from the site marked for construction.

The planned settlement, known as E-1, would deepen east Jerusalem’s separation from the West Bank, both war-won areas the Palestinians want for their state.

On Friday, Palestinian and foreign activists pitched some 30 tents in the E-1 area to lay claim to the land. Protester Abdullah Abu Rahma says hundreds of soldiers evicted dozens of activists Sunday, took their ID numbers and released them.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israels-pm-closes-roads-in-preparation-to-evacuate-palestinians-from-west-bank-protest-site/2013/01/12/8fce0958-5d27-11e2-b8b2-0d18a64c8dfa_story.html