IS­RAEL LIFTS RE­STRIC­TIONS ON BUILD­ING MORE HOMES IN EAST JERUSALEM

Pakistan Today (Karachi) - - FOREIGN NEWS -

JERUSALEM: Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu has told se­nior min­is­ters he is lift­ing re­stric­tions on set­tle­ment build­ing in East Jerusalem, a state­ment said on Sun­day, im­me­di­ately af­ter the city's mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment ap­proved per­mits for the build­ing of hun­dreds of new homes in the area. "There is no longer a need to co­or­di­nate con­struc­tion in the Jewish neigh­bour­hoods in East Jerusalem. We can build where we want and as much as we want," the state­ment quoted Ne­tanyahu as say­ing, adding that he also in­tended to al­low the start of build­ing in the West Bank. "My vi­sion is to en­act sovereignty over all the set­tle­ments," the state­ment also said, point­ing to Ne­tanyahu's ap­par­ent bid to win greater sup­port from set­tlers and ap­peal to a right-wing coali­tion part­ner. Ne­tanyahu told the min­is­ters of the move at a meet­ing where they also de­cided unan­i­mously to post­pone dis­cussing a bill propos­ing the Is­raeli an­nex­a­tion of the West Bank set­tle­ment of Maale Adu­mim, home to 40,000 Israelis near Jerusalem. A brief state­ment is­sued af­ter the dis­cus­sion by the min­is­te­rial fo­rum known as the Se­cu­rity Cab­i­net, said work on the bill would be de­layed un­til af­ter Ne­tanyahu meets the new US Pres­i­dent, Don­ald Trump. The Pales­tini­ans de­nounced the move. "We strongly con­demn the Is­raeli de­ci­sion to ap­prove the con­struc­tion," Na­bil Abu Rdainah, spokesman for Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas, told agen­cies.

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