JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says his government will continue
settlement construction in the West Bank.
A participant in a closed meeting of parliament's powerful Defense and
Foreign Affairs committee said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday to
continue developing areas near Jerusalem, deep inside the West Bank and in the
The Israeli leader struck a defiant note on settlements days after Israel
evacuated a West Bank outpost ruled illegal by Israel's Supreme Court.
The meeting participant spoke on condition of anonymity because the session
The international community, including the U.S., opposes Israeli settlement
construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in the
1967 Mideast war. Palestinians claim those areas for a state, along with the
Gaza Strip, which Israel evacuated in 2005.