The day: Housing construction in occupied territories – Israel risks conflict with the US

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Housing construction in occupied territories – Israel risks conflict with the US

Appearances are deceptive: after the meeting of Biden (left) and Netanyahu in 2010, there was a heavy crunch due to Israel’s settlement construction in occupied areas.

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That could create tension between future US President Joe Biden and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Netanyahu has a good week before Biden takes office Construction plans in the occupied West Bank proclaimed. Around 800 apartments should be built, said his office. These include 100 apartments in the Tal Menasche settlement. A resident of the settlement was found murdered in a forest last month. A Palestinian suspect was later arrested.

Recover the blueprints Potential for conflict in the relationship between Israel and the USA: It is likely that Biden is critical of the settlement development in the occupied territories – unlike his predecessor Donald Trump. In 2010 Israel announced construction plans in Ramat Shlomo during a visit by then US Vice President Biden. This led to diplomatic faults. Netanyahu’s announcement comes at a bit of an inopportune time because talks about a possible revival of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians have just begun in Cairo today.

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