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Israel Evicts Settlers From Hebron House – NYTimes.com

In Politics, Really?!? on April 4, 2012 at 17:07

What one hand giveth… the other hand taketh away- 

Israeli police and border officers swiftly evicted a group of Jewish settlers from a contested house in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday on the orders of the minister of defense, officials said, though at the same time, the Israeli government signaled strong support for more Jewish settlement in areas it captured in the 1967 war.

Among the signs of official support, the Ministry of Housing, on its Web site, invited bids for plots for the construction of more than 800 apartments in Har Homa, a Jewish development across the 1967 lines in southeast Jerusalem, and in Givat Zeev, a settlement north of Jerusalem in the West Bank.

“The principle that has guided me is to strengthen Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said later on Wednesday, using the biblical names for the West Bank. “But there is one principle that we uphold,” he added, in a warning to unruly settlers. “We do everything according to the law.”

The official support complicates any prospect of renewed peace talks, as Israeli and Palestinian leaders prepare for a rare high-level meeting later this month.


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