Israel PM pledges to expand West Bank settlement
AFP, Wednesday 6 Jun 2012


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Wednesday to build 300 new homes in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, after parliament voted down a bill to legalise outpost settlements.

The bill would have prevented the destruction of Beit El's Ulpana neighbourhood, home to 30 families, which Israel's High Court has ordered razed because it is built on private Palestinian land.

"Beit El will be expanded, the 30 families will remain in Beit El, and 300 new families will join them," Netanyahu said after the vote.

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