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Israel 'to allow settlers into Bethlehem'

March 28, 2013 8:29 P.M. (Updated: March 29, 2013 9:41 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's army will accompany settlers into the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday, Israeli media reported Thursday.

The Israeli military has approved a request by a school in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc to visit Solomon's Pools, Maariv reported.

"Thanks to the cooperation with the army we will return to a land of ancestors that was given to the Palestinians after the Oslo accords," the school's principal Yaron Rosenthal said.

Israel has only rarely approved settler visits to the pools since 1995, when the Palestinian Authority took control of the area.

Solomon's Pools are located in Area A -- the 17 percent of the West Bank under the full control of the Palestinian Authority.

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