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Report: Israel issues tenders for 300 settler homes

Jan. 3, 2012 5:01 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 4, 2012 6:30 P.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- An Israeli ministry on Tuesday issued tenders to build 300 new homes in Jewish only settlements in the occupied West Bank, Israeli media reported.

The Housing Ministry and Israel Lands Administration published the call to build 47 units in Pisgat Zeev, and 247 in Har Homa, both adjacent to East Jerusalem, after announcing their plans two weeks ago, Israeli daily Haaretz said.

Israeli advocacy group Ir Amin slammed the timing of the announcement. "By releasing the tender at this time, Israel is slapping the face of [Jordanian] King Abdullah and the entire international community, morbidly injuring the already low chances of peace talks to be renewed," the group said according to the report.

Palestinian and Israeli envoys are meeting in Jordan on Tuesday at the invitation of the international Quartet, and hosted by the Jordanian government.
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