Set­tle­ments get nod

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

BETH­LE­HEM: Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu has promised his far-right gov­ern­ment that he would lift all re­stric­tions on set­tle­ment con­struc­tion in oc­cu­pied East Jerusalem.

His an­nounce­ment came as Is­rael’s Jerusalem mu­nic­i­pal­ity on Sun­day ap­proved per­mits for the con­struc­tion of at least 566 new il­le­gal Is­raeli set­tle­ment units in oc­cu­pied East Jerusalem.

The plans were said to be put on hold un­til after US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was sworn in. Con­struc­tion was also ap­proved in var­i­ous Pales­tinian neigh­bour­hoods. Ma’an

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