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May 16, 2014 10:08 am

Israeli Housing Minister: Jewish Settlements in West Bank Could Grow 50 Percent by 2019

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View of the Har Homa settlement in the West Bank. Photo: James Emery.

Jerusalem Post/Reuters The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank could grow by as much as 50 percent by 2019, Israel’s Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel said on Friday.

Palestinians blamed settlement expansions for the breakdown last month of U.S.-mediated peace talks with Israel – a position supported in part by Washington, but rejected by the Israelis.

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