Israel announces new settlements, risking Biden's anger

AP , Monday 11 Jan 2021

President-elect Joe Biden is opposed to settlement expansion and has pledged a more even-handed approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

West Bank
FILE PHOTO: A view shows the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the Israeli-occupied West Bank February 25, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

Israel on Monday advanced plans to build 800 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a move that could strain ties with the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office announced the move, saying it would include 100 homes in a settlement where an Israeli woman was killed recently in an alleged terror attack.

President-elect Joe Biden is opposed to settlement expansion and has pledged a more even-handed approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Palestinians view settlements as a violation of international law and an obstacle to peace, a position with wide international support.

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