Middle East

Israel to Boost Settlement Construction

The Israeli government approved plans Sunday to build hundreds of new homes in the West Bank after a Jewish couple and their three children were found stabbed to death in a Jewish settlement. In response, Israeli leaders approved “measured construction” of 500 new homes. “They murder and we build, and we will build our country,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told relatives of the victims. Sunday’s decision was the first approval of new building plans since a moratorium expired in September.