Israel announces plans for 1,400 new illegal settlement homesSubmitted by Sue4theBillofrights on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:54
...so Kerry made them wait until he left town...
"The settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this. Israel's Finance Minister Yair Lapid criticised his own government's announcement, saying it "complicated" the peace process and was a "mistake".
"In every aspect, it seems the world is losing its patience for us," Mr Lapid told the Israeli Ynet news website.
BBC - Israel has announced plans to build 1,400 new homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The move was expected after the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners last month, but was delayed until after a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said it showed "Israel's clear commitment to the destruction of peace efforts".
There has been little sign of progress from the direct negotiations mediated by Mr Kerry, which resumed in July.
A dispute over settlement construction led to the collapse of the last talks...READ MORE..http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25681436
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