1. Can’t Stop Now

    Israel to Build More Settlements

    FILE- In this March 14, 2011, file photo, a general view of a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit. Israel approved the construction of 3,000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, a government official said Friday, in what appeared to be a defiant response to the Palestinians' successful United Nations recognition bid. The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to accept "Palestine" in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem as a non-member observer state, setting off jubilant celebrations among Palestinians. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

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    Israeli military spokesman Guy Inbar said Thursday that plans are moving ahead to build 1,000 new homes for settlers in Itamar and Bruchin, both in the West Bank. The plans still await official endorsement, though activists say construction could begin within a year. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been open to approving new settlements, including 3,000 housing units in East Jerusalem in December. The units, built illegally on occupied territory, are at the center of Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, and U.S. officials have strongly denounced them. “These activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace,” Hillary Clinton said of new settlements last year.

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