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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:36 AM

Israel to build 3,000 settler homes after UN vote [View all]

Source: BBC News

Israel has authorised the construction of 3,000 more housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, according to Israeli officials.

It is also speeding up the processing of 1,000 planning permissions.

The Palestinian Authority has said it will not return to peace talks without a freeze in settlement building.




Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20552391



UN vote gives Palestinians new diplomatic powers

Plenty of attention in the build-up to the vote was centred on a technical question about UN procedures which could have far-reaching political implications - would this upgraded status give the Palestinians access to UN agencies including the International Criminal Court?

If it did, then they would be able in theory to pursue Israel for its settlement policies on the West Bank - widely seen as a clear breach of international law.

Israel rejects that legal interpretation - but it may not be anxious to see the issue tested in court.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20558817

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