Sunday, 24 October 2010
'It means the building rate is now four times the pace of construction before the introduction of the building ban on occupied West Bank land, according to the figures released by the Israeli campaign group Peace Now.
Ghassan Khatib, a spokesman for Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, said the latest figures were alarming. "This is another indicator that Israel is not serious about the peace process, which is supposed to be about ending the occupation," he said.
Naftali Bennett, the director-general of the Yesha Settlers' Council, confirmed widespread building, but refused to disclose the exact figures. "We are not counting how many homes Jews are building in their land in the same way as no one counts how many homes the Palestinians are building," he said. "The land of Israel is ours, and that's the reality".'
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