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Report: Israel approves 64 new settlement houses in East Jerusalem

Feb. 8, 2015 4:04 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 9, 2015 7:12 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A local planning and construction committee of the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem has approved a call for bids to build 64 new settlement houses in Ramot settlement in the northern outskirts of East Jerusalem.

The Israeli website Arutz Sheva reported that Meretz-affiliated councilor Yosef Pepe Alalu opposed the decision.

He maintained that construction in the West Bank would ruin the opportunity to finalize a peace deal with the Palestinians.

The Jerusalem municipality, in response, said the constructions were not new but had been approved in the past and then underwent some engineering amendments which necessitated new approvals.

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