Israel has advanced plans for more than 3,000 new homes in West Bank settlements this week, despite United States President Donald Trump's call to hold back on such projects as he seeks ways to restart peace efforts between Israel and Palestine.

Plans for 8,345 new housing units have been approved by the Israeli authorities so far this year, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency writes, citing Liebermann.

Quoted by the israeli The Haarezt newspaper, Lieberman admitted that the numbers for the first half of 2017 are the highest since 1992.

The letter addressed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was written on behalf of the members of Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and delivered on Friday, the day 50 years ago that the Six Day War ended.

For some, however, the plans appear to fall short of expectations.

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A week after the attack , many people on Saturday paused by the sea of flowers as pubs metres away were busy again. Writing in the newspaper, he described the moment three potential suicide bombers broke through a locked door.

However, according to Lieberman, pushing for more would "stretch the rope beyond its limit, and thus put the entire settlement enterprise at risk".

More than 600,000 Israelis live in settlements in the West Bank, including in annexed east Jerusalem, alongside some three million Palestinians. The war paved the way for the occupation of a huge population of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

This is the most controversial step by Israel as the construction of settlements in the region is considered illegal under global law. A JVP statement also condemned the "exchange programs" between the New York Police Department and Israeli security forces that harm both communities of color and Palestinians.

Stern's bill emulates the Taylor Force Act, a 2016 United States legislative bill sponsored by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), which proposes to halt American economic aid to the PA until the latter changes its legislation regarding the transfer of funds to Palestinian security prisoners and family members, and families of terrorists who died committing attacks.

At least eight Palestinians were detained during overnight and early Sunday raids into the West Bank districts of Hebron and Qalqilia, in addition to six others, including minors, from the Jerusalem area.


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