· Jerusalem council wants three new settlements
· Palestinians say move will sabotage two-state aim
Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv
Friday May 11, 2007
Jerusalem's city council plans to build three new Jewish settlements on land it occupied in 1967, in contravention of international law, it was announced yesterday. The estates will be built on land that has been earmarked for a future Palestinian state, close to Bethlehem and Ramallah.
International law forbids construction on land acquired by war, but since 1967 Israel has built homes for around 500,000 Israelis in the West Bank and Jerusalem.